dharma proclains, “Ahimsa Paramo Dharma” or, Ahimsa is the highest
form of dharma (virtue).
Ahimsa means non-violence, non-injury or non-killing.
In all the Hindu paths, and especially, Jain and Buddha in
dharma Ahimsa is a paramount virtue.
dharma teaches that all forms of life are manifestations of the
Supreme Self (Brahman).
We must not be indifferent to the sufferings of others. One
must consider all living beings in the image of one’s own self and
thus not commit acts of violence in thought, word or deed against
other living creatures.
and hatred cannot coexist with ahimsa.
Anger blinds reason and leads one to violence.
Greed and possessiveness are two main causes of social
injustice and suffering and a practitioner of ahimsa should not hoard
wealth beyond needs.
Compassion and austerity are essential elements of ahimsa.
ahimsa extends to all living beings, and therefore, protection of
environment, natural habitats and vegetarianism are natural
derivatives of the concept of ahimsa.
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