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AHIMSA IAST : _ahiṃsā_, Pāli : _avihiṃsā_) means 'not to injure' and 'compassion' and refers to a key virtue in Indian religions . The word is derived from the Sanskrit root _hiṃs_ – to strike; _hiṃsā_ is injury or harm, _a-hiṃsā_ is the opposite of this, i.e. cause no injury, do no harm. Ahimsa is also referred to as nonviolence , and it applies to all living beings—including all animals—in ancient Indian religions.

Ahimsa is one of the cardinal virtues and an important tenet of Jainism , Hinduism , and Buddhism . Ahimsa is a multidimensional concept, inspired by the premise that all living beings have the spark of the divine spiritual energy; therefore, to hurt another being is to hurt oneself. Ahimsa has also been related to the notion that any violence has karmic consequences. While ancient scholars of Hinduism pioneered and over time perfected the principles of Ahimsa, the concept reached an extraordinary status in the ethical philosophy of Jainism. Most popularly, Mahatma Gandhi strongly believed in the principle of _ahimsa_.

Ahimsa's precept of 'cause no injury' includes one's deeds, words, and thoughts. Classical literature of Hinduism such as Mahabharata and Ramayana , as well as modern scholars debate principles of Ahimsa when one is faced with war and situations requiring self-defence. The historic literature from India and modern discussions have contributed to theories of Just War , and theories of appropriate self-defence .


* 1 Etymology

* 2 Hinduism

* 2.1 Ancient Vedic texts * 2.2 The Epics * 2.3 Self-defence, criminal law, and war * 2.4 Non-human life * 2.5 Modern times * 2.6 Yoga

* 3 Jainism

* 4 Buddhism

* 4.1 War * 4.2 Laws

* 5 See also

* 6 References

* 6.1 Bibliography

* 7 External links


The word _Ahimsa_—sometimes spelled as _Ahinsa_ —is derived from the Sanskrit root _hiṃs_ – to strike; _hiṃsā_ is injury or harm, _a-hiṃsā_ is the opposite of this, i.e. _non harming_ or _nonviolence _.

There is a debate on the origins of the word _Ahimsa_, and how its meaning evolved. Mayrhofer as well as Dumot suggest the root word may be _han_ which means kill, which leads to the interpretation that _ahimsa_ means _do not kill_. Schmidt as well as Bodewitz explain the proper root word is _hiṃs_ and the Sanskrit verb _hinasti_, which leads to the interpretation _ahimsa_ means _do not injure_, or _do not hurt_. Wackernagel-Debrunner concur with the latter explanation.

Ancient texts use ahimsa to mean non-injury, a broader concept than non-violence. Non-injury implies not killing others, as well as not hurting others mentally or verbally; it includes avoiding all violent means—including physical violence—anything that injures others. In classical Sanskrit literature of Hinduism, another word _Adrohi_ is sometimes used instead of _Ahimsa_, as one of the cardinal virtues necessary for moral life. One example is in Baudhayana Dharmasutra 2.6.23: वाङ्-मनः-कर्म-दण्डैर् भूतानाम् अद्रोही (One who does not injure others with words, thoughts or acts is named _Adrohi_).



Ahimsa as an ethical concept evolved in Vedic texts. The oldest scripts, along with discussing ritual animal sacrifices, indirectly mention Ahimsa, but do not emphasise it. Over time, the Hindu scripts revise ritual practices and the concept of Ahimsa is increasingly refined and emphasised, ultimately Ahimsa becomes the concept that describes the highest virtue by the late Vedic era (about 500 BC). For example, hymn 10.22.25 in the Rig Veda uses the words Satya (truthfulness) and Ahimsa in a prayer to deity Indra; later, the Yajur Veda dated to be between 1000 BC and 600 BC, states, "may all beings look at me with a friendly eye, may I do likewise, and may we look at each other with the eyes of a friend".

The term _Ahimsa_ appears in the text Taittiriya Shakha of the Yajurveda (TS, where it refers to non-injury to the sacrificer himself. It occurs several times in the _Shatapatha Brahmana _ in the sense of "non-injury". The Ahimsa doctrine is a late Vedic era development in Brahmanical culture. The earliest reference to the idea of non-violence to animals ("pashu-Ahimsa"), apparently in a moral sense, is in the Kapisthala Katha Samhita of the Yajurveda (KapS 31.11), which may have been written in about the 8th century BCE.

Bowker states the word appears but is uncommon in the principal Upanishads. Kaneda gives examples of the word _Ahimsa_ in these Upanishads. Other scholars suggest _Ahimsa_ as an ethical concept that started evolving in the Vedas, becoming an increasingly central concept in Upanishads.

The Chāndogya Upaniṣad , dated to the 8th or 7th century BCE, one of the oldest Upanishads , has the earliest evidence for the Vedic era use of the word _Ahimsa_ in the sense familiar in Hinduism (a code of conduct). It bars violence against "all creatures" (_sarvabhuta_) and the practitioner of Ahimsa is said to escape from the cycle of rebirths (CU 8.15.1). Some scholars state that this 8th or 7th-century BCE mention may have been an influence of Jainism on Vedic Hinduism. Others scholar state that this relationship is speculative, and though Jainism is an ancient tradition the oldest traceable texts of Jainism tradition are from many centuries after the Vedic era ended.

Chāndogya Upaniṣad also names Ahimsa, along with Satyavacanam (truthfulness), Arjavam (sincerity), Danam (charity), Tapo (penance/meditation), as one of five essential virtues (CU 3.17.4).

The Sandilya Upanishad lists ten forbearances: AHIMSA, Satya, Asteya, Brahmacharya, Daya, Arjava, Kshama, Dhriti, Mitahara and Saucha. According to Kaneda, the term Ahimsa is an important spiritual doctrine shared by Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. It literally means 'non-injury' and 'non-killing'. It implies the total avoidance of harming of any kind of living creatures not only by deeds, but also by words and in thoughts.


The Mahabharata , one of the epics of Hinduism, has multiple mentions of the phrase _ Ahimsa Paramo Dharma_ (अहिंसा परमॊ धर्मः), which literally means: non-violence is the highest moral virtue. For example, Mahaprasthanika Parva has the verse:

अहिंसा परमॊ धर्मस तथाहिंसा परॊ दमः। अहिंसा परमं दानम अहिंसा परमस तपः। अहिंसा परमॊ यज्ञस तथाहिस्मा परं बलम। अहिंसा परमं मित्रम अहिंसा परमं सुखम। अहिंसा परमं सत्यम अहिंसा परमं शरुतम॥

The above passage from Mahabharata emphasises the cardinal importance of Ahimsa in Hinduism, and literally means: Ahimsa is the highest virtue , Ahimsa is the highest self-control, Ahimsa is the greatest gift, Ahimsa is the best suffering, Ahimsa is the highest sacrifice, Ahimsa is the finest strength, Ahimsa is the greatest friend, Ahimsa is the greatest happiness, Ahimsa is the highest truth, and Ahimsa is the greatest teaching. Some other examples where the phrase _Ahimsa Paramo Dharma_ are discussed include Adi Parva , Vana Parva and Anushasana Parva . The Bhagavad Gita , among other things, discusses the doubts and questions about appropriate response when one faces systematic violence or war. These verses develop the concepts of lawful violence in self-defence and the theories of just war . However, there is no consensus on this interpretation. Gandhi, for example, considers this debate about non-violence and lawful violence as a mere metaphor for the internal war within each human being, when he or she faces moral questions.


The classical texts of Hinduism devote numerous chapters discussing what people who practice the virtue of Ahimsa, can and must do when they are faced with war, violent threat or need to sentence someone convicted of a crime. These discussions have led to theories of just war, theories of reasonable self-defence and theories of proportionate punishment. Arthashastra discusses, among other things, why and what constitutes proportionate response and punishment. War

The precepts of Ahimsa under Hinduism require that war must be avoided, with sincere and truthful dialogue. Force must be the last resort. If war becomes necessary, its cause must be just, its purpose virtuous, its objective to restrain the wicked, its aim peace, its method lawful. War can only be started and stopped by a legitimate authority. Weapons used must be proportionate to the opponent and the aim of war, not indiscriminate tools of destruction. All strategies and weapons used in the war must be to defeat the opponent, not designed to cause misery to the opponent; for example, use of arrows is allowed, but use of arrows smeared with painful poison is not allowed. Warriors must use judgment in the battlefield. Cruelty to the opponent during war is forbidden. Wounded, unarmed opponent warriors must not be attacked or killed, they must be brought to your realm and given medical treatment. Children, women and civilians must not be injured. While the war is in progress, sincere dialogue for peace must continue. Self-defence

In matters of self-defence, different interpretations of ancient Hindu texts have been offered. For example, Tähtinen suggests self-defence is appropriate, criminals are not protected by the rule of Ahimsa, and Hindu scriptures support the use of violence against an armed attacker. Ahimsa is not meant to imply pacifism.

Alternate theories of self-defence, inspired by Ahimsa, build principles similar to theories of just war. Aikido , pioneered in Japan, illustrates one such principles of self-defence. Morihei Ueshiba , the founder of Aikido, described his inspiration as Ahimsa. According to this interpretation of Ahimsa in self-defence, one must not assume that the world is free of aggression. One must presume that some people will, out of ignorance, error or fear, attack other persons or intrude into their space, physically or verbally. The aim of self-defence, suggested Ueshiba, must be to neutralise the aggression of the attacker, and avoid the conflict. The best defence is one where the victim is protected, as well as the attacker is respected and not injured if possible. Under Ahimsa and Aikido, there are no enemies, and appropriate self-defence focuses on neutralising the immaturity, assumptions and aggressive strivings of the attacker. Criminal law

Tähtinen concludes that Hindus have no misgivings about death penalty; their position is that evil-doers who deserve death should be killed, and that a king in particular is obliged to punish criminals and should not hesitate to kill them, even if they happen to be his own brothers and sons.

Other scholars conclude that the scriptures of Hinduism suggest sentences for any crime must be fair, proportional and not cruel. Pacifism

There is no consensus on pacifism among modern Hindu scholars. The conflict between pacifistic interpretations of Ahimsa and the theories of just war prescribed by the Gita has been resolved by some scholars such as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi , as being an allegory, wherein the battlefield is the soul and Arjuna, the war is within each human being, where man's higher impulses struggle against his own evil impulses.


The Hindu precept of 'cause no injury' applies to animals and all life forms. This precept isn't found in the oldest verses of Vedas, but increasingly becomes one of the central ideas between 500 BC and 400 AD. In the oldest texts, numerous ritual sacrifices of animals, including cows and horses, are highlighted and hardly any mention is made of Ahimsa to non-human life.

Hindu scriptures, dated to between 5th century and 1st century BC, while discussing human diet, initially suggest _kosher_ meat may be eaten, evolving it with the suggestion that only meat obtained through ritual sacrifice can be eaten, then that one should eat no meat because it hurts animals, with verses describing the noble life as one that lives on flowers, roots and fruits alone.

Later texts of Hinduism declare Ahimsa one of the primary virtues, declare any killing or harming any life as against _dharma_ (moral life). Finally, the discussion in Upanishads and Hindu Epics shifts to whether a human being can ever live his or her life without harming animal and plant life in some way; which and when plants or animal meat may be eaten, whether violence against animals causes human beings to become less compassionate, and if and how one may exert least harm to non-human life consistent with ahimsa precept, given the constraints of life and human needs. The Mahabharata permits hunting by warriors, but opposes it in the case of hermits who must be strictly non-violent. Sushruta Samhita , a Hindu text written in the 3rd or 4th century, in Chapter XLVI suggests proper diet as a means of treating certain illnesses, and recommends various fishes and meats for different ailments and for pregnant women, and the Charaka Samhita describes meat as superior to all other kinds of food for convalescents.

Across the texts of Hinduism, there is a profusion of ideas about the virtue of Ahimsa when applied to non-human life, but without a universal consensus. Alsdorf claims the debate and disagreements between supporters of vegetarian lifestyle and meat eaters was significant. Even suggested exceptions – ritual slaughter and hunting – were challenged by advocates of Ahimsa. In the Mahabharata both sides present various arguments to substantiate their viewpoints. Moreover, a hunter defends his profession in a long discourse.

Many of the arguments proposed in favor of non-violence to animals refer to the bliss one feels, the rewards it entails before or after death, the danger and harm it prevents, as well as to the karmic consequences of violence.

The ancient Hindu texts discuss Ahimsa and non-animal life. They discourage wanton destruction of nature including of wild and cultivated plants. Hermits (sannyasins ) were urged to live on a fruitarian diet so as to avoid the destruction of plants. Scholars claim the principles of ecological non-violence is innate in the Hindu tradition, and its conceptual fountain has been Ahimsa as their cardinal virtue.

The classical literature of Hinduism exists in many Indian languages. For example, _ Tirukkuṛaḷ ,_ written between 200 BC and 400 AD, and sometimes called the Tamil Veda , is one of the most cherished classics on Hinduism written in a South Indian language. Tirukkuṛaḷ dedicates Chapters 26, 32 and 33 of Book 1 to the virtue of Ahimsa, namely, vegetarianism , non-harming , and non-killing , respectively. _Tirukkuṛaḷ_ says that Ahimsa applies to all life forms.


Gandhi promoted the principle of Ahimsa very successfully by applying it to all spheres of life, particularly to politics.

In the 19th and 20th centuries, prominent figures of Indian spirituality such as Swami Vivekananda , Ramana Maharshi , Swami Sivananda , A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami and in the present time Vijaypal Baghel emphasised the importance of Ahimsa.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi promoted the principle of Ahimsa, very successful by applying it to all spheres of life, particularly to politics ( Swaraj ). His non-violent resistance movement satyagraha had an immense impact on India, impressed public opinion in Western countries, and influenced the leaders of various civil and political rights movements such as the American civil rights movement's Martin Luther King, Jr. and James Bevel . In Gandhi's thought, Ahimsa precludes not only the act of inflicting a physical injury, but also mental states like evil thoughts and hatred, unkind behavior such as harsh words, dishonesty and lying, all of which he saw as manifestations of violence incompatible with Ahimsa. Gandhi believed Ahimsa to be a creative energy force, encompassing all interactions leading one's self to find satya, "Divine Truth". Sri Aurobindo criticised the Gandhian concept of Ahimsa as unrealistic and not universally applicable; he adopted a pragmatic non-pacifist position, saying that the justification of violence depends on the specific circumstances of the given situation. Sri Aurobindo also indicated that Gandhi's Ahimsa led to partition of India as it blocked the forceful action that the Indian people were engaged in during the 1920s and 30s, which caused delay in independence, allowing other forces to take root, including those who wanted India divided.

Gandhi stated that he viewed " Ahimsa is in Hinduism, it is in Christianity as well as in Islam." He added, " Nonviolence is common to all religions, but it has found the highest expression and application in Hinduism (I do not regard Jainism or Buddhism as separate from Hinduism)." When questioned whether violence and non-violence is both taught in Quran, he stated, "I have heard it from many Muslim friends that the Koran teaches the use of non-violence. (... The) argument about non-violence in the Holy Koran is an interpolation, not necessary for my thesis."

A historical and philosophical study of Ahimsa was instrumental in the shaping of Albert Schweitzer 's principle of "reverence for life". Schweitzer praised Indian philosophical and religious traditions for ethics of Ahimsa as, "the laying down of the commandment not to kill and not to damage is one of the greatest events in the spiritual history of mankind", but suggested that "not-killing and not-harming" is not always practically possible as in self-defence, nor ethical as in chronic starving during a famine case.


Ahimsa is imperative for practitioners of Patañjali 's eight limb Raja yoga system. It is included in the first limb and is the first of five Yamas (self restraints) which, together with the second limb, make up the code of ethical conduct in Yoga philosophy. Ahimsa is also one of the ten _Yamas_ in Hatha Yoga according to verse 1.1.17 of its classic manual _Hatha Yoga Pradipika _. The significance of Ahimsa as the very first restraint in the very first limb of Yoga (Yamas), is that it defines the necessary foundation for progress through Yoga. It is a precursor to Asana, implying that success in Yogasana can be had only if the self is purified in thought, word and deed through the self-restraint of Ahimsa.


Main article: Ahimsa in Jainism See also: Jain vegetarianism The hand with a wheel on the palm symbolises the Jain Vow of Ahimsa. The word in the middle is "Ahimsa". The wheel represents the dharmacakra which stands for the resolve to halt the cycle of reincarnation through relentless pursuit of truth and non-violence.

In Jainism, the understanding and implementation of _Ahimsā_ is more radical, scrupulous, and comprehensive than in any other religion. Killing any living being out of passions is considered _hiṃsā_ (to injure) and abstaining from such an act is _ahimsā_ (noninjury). The vow of ahimsā is considered the foremost among the 'five vows of Jainism'. Other vows like truth (satya) are meant for safeguarding the vow of ahimsā. In the practice of Ahimsa, the requirements are less strict for the lay persons (sravakas ) who have undertaken _anuvrata_ (Smaller Vows) than for the Jain monastics who are bound by the Mahavrata "Great Vows". The statement _ahimsā paramo dharmaḥ_ is often found inscribed on the walls of the Jain temples . Like in Hinduism, the aim is to prevent the accumulation of harmful karma. When Mahavira revived and reorganised the Jain faith in the 6th or 5th century BCE, Ahimsa was already an established, strictly observed rule. Rishabhanatha (Ādinātha), the first Jain Tirthankara , whom modern Western historians consider to be a historical figure, followed by Parshvanatha (Pārśvanātha) the twenty-third Tirthankara lived in about the 8th century BCE. He founded the community to which Mahavira's parents belonged. Ahimsa was already part of the "Fourfold Restraint" (_Caujjama_), the vows taken by Parshva's followers. In the times of Mahavira and in the following centuries, Jains were at odds with both Buddhists and followers of the Vedic religion or Hindus, whom they accused of negligence and inconsistency in the implementation of Ahimsa. According to the Jain tradition either lacto vegetarianism or veganism is mandatory.

The Jain concept of Ahimsa is characterised by several aspects. It does not make any exception for ritual sacrificers and professional warrior-hunters. Killing of animals for food is absolutely ruled out. Jains also make considerable efforts not to injure plants in everyday life as far as possible. Though they admit that plants must be destroyed for the sake of food, they accept such violence only inasmuch as it is indispensable for human survival, and there are special instructions for preventing unnecessary violence against plants. Jains go out of their way so as not to hurt even small insects and other minuscule animals. For example, Jains often do not go out at night, when they are more likely to step upon an insect. In their view, injury caused by carelessness is like injury caused by deliberate action. Eating honey is strictly outlawed, as it would amount to violence against the bees. Some Jains abstain from farming because it inevitably entails unintentional killing or injuring of many small animals, such as worms and insects, but agriculture is not forbidden in general and there are Jain farmers.

Theoretically, all life forms are said to deserve full protection from all kinds of injury, but Jains recognise a hierarchy of life. Mobile beings are given higher protection than immobile ones. For the mobile beings, they distinguish between one-sensed, two-sensed, three-sensed, four-sensed and five-sensed ones; a one-sensed animal has touch as its only sensory modality. The more senses a being has, the more they care about non-injuring it. Among the five-sensed beings, the precept of non-injury and non-violence to the rational ones (humans) is strongest in Jain Ahimsa.

Jains agree with Hindus that violence in self-defence can be justified, and they agree that a soldier who kills enemies in combat is performing a legitimate duty. Jain communities accepted the use of military power for their defence, there were Jain monarchs, military commanders, and soldiers.


Further information: Noble Eightfold Path ; Buddhist ethics § Killing, causing others to kill ; Buddhism and violence ; and Engaged Buddhism

In Buddhist texts _Ahimsa_ (or its Pāli cognate avihiṃsā) is part of the Five Precepts (Pañcasīla), the first of which has been to abstain from killing. This precept of Ahimsa is applicable to both the Buddhist layperson and the monk community.

The Ahimsa precept is not a commandment and transgressions did not invite religious sanctions for layperson, but their power has been in the Buddhist belief in karmic consequences and their impact in afterlife during rebirth. Killing, in Buddhist belief, could lead to rebirth in the hellish realm, and for a longer time in more severe conditions if the murder victim was a monk. Saving animals from slaughter for meat, is believed to be a way to acquire merit for better rebirth. These moral precepts have been voluntarily self-enforced in lay Buddhist culture through the associated belief in karma and rebirth. The Buddhist texts not only recommended Ahimsa, but suggest avoiding trading goods that contribute to or are a result of violence:

These five trades, O monks, should not be taken up by a lay follower: trading with weapons, trading in living beings, trading in meat, trading in intoxicants, trading in poison. — Anguttara Nikaya V.177, Translated by Martine Batchelor

Unlike lay Buddhists, transgressions by monks do invite sanctions. Full expulsion of a monk from _sangha_ follows instances of killing, just like any other serious offense against the monastic _nikaya_ code of conduct.


Violent ways of punishing criminals and prisoners of war was not explicitly condemned in Buddhism, but peaceful ways of conflict resolution and punishment with the least amount of injury were encouraged. The early texts condemn the mental states that lead to violent behavior.

Nonviolence is an overriding theme within the Pali Canon . While the early texts condemn killing in the strongest terms, and portray the ideal king as a pacifist, such a king is nonetheless flanked by an army. It seems that the Buddha's teaching on nonviolence was not interpreted or put into practice in an uncompromisingly pacifist or anti-military-service way by early Buddhists. The early texts assume war to be a fact of life, and well-skilled warriors are viewed as necessary for defensive warfare. In Pali texts, injunctions to abstain from violence and involvement with military affairs are directed at members of the sangha ; later Mahayana texts, which often generalise monastic norms to laity, require this of lay people as well.

The early texts do not contain just-war ideology as such. Some argue that a sutta in the _Gamani Samyuttam_ rules out all military service. In this passage, a soldier asks the Buddha if it is true that, as he has been told, soldiers slain in battle are reborn in a heavenly realm. The Buddha reluctantly replies that if he is killed in battle while his mind is seized with the intention to kill, he will undergo an unpleasant rebirth. In the early texts, a person's mental state at the time of death is generally viewed as having a great impact on the next birth.

Some Buddhists point to other early texts as justifying defensive war. One example is the _Kosala Samyutta_, in which King Pasenadi , a righteous king favored by the Buddha, learns of an impending attack on his kingdom. He arms himself in defence, and leads his army into battle to protect his kingdom from attack. He lost this battle but won the war. King Pasenadi eventually defeated King Ajatasattu and captured him alive. He thought that, although this King of Magadha has transgressed against his kingdom, he had not transgressed against him personally, and Ajatasattu was still his nephew. He released Ajatasattu and did not harm him. Upon his return, the Buddha said (among other things) that Pasenadi "is a friend of virtue, acquainted with virtue, intimate with virtue", while the opposite is said of the aggressor, King Ajatasattu.

According to Theravada commentaries, there are five requisite factors that must all be fulfilled for an act to be both an act of killing and to be karmically negative. These are: (1) the presence of a living being, human or animal; (2) the knowledge that the being is a living being; (3) the intent to kill; (4) the act of killing by some means; and (5) the resulting death. Some Buddhists have argued on this basis that the act of killing is complicated, and its ethicization is predicated upon intent. Some have argued that in defensive postures, for example, the primary intention of a soldier is not to kill, but to defend against aggression, and the act of killing in that situation would have minimal negative karmic repercussions.

According to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar , there is circumstantial evidence encouraging Ahimsa, from the Buddha's doctrine, _"Love all, so that you may not wish to kill any."_ Gautama Buddha distinguished between a principle and a rule. He did not make Ahimsa a matter of rule, but suggested it as a matter of principle. This gives Buddhists freedom to act.


The emperors of Sui dynasty , Tang dynasty and early Song dynasty banned killing in Lunar calendar 1st , 5th, and 9th month. Empress Wu Tse-Tien banned killing for more than half a year in 692. Some also banned fishing for some time each year.

There were bans after death of emperors, Buddhist and Taoist prayers, and natural disasters such as after a drought in 1926 summer Shanghai and an 8 days ban from August 12, 1959 after the August 7 flood (八七水災), the last big flood before the 88 Taiwan Flood .

People avoid killing during some festivals, like the Taoist Ghost Festival , the Nine Emperor Gods Festival , the Vegetarian Festival and many others.


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R., Manu Smriti 8.349–350; Matsya Purana 226.116. * ^ Tähtinen pp. 91–93. * ^ The Role of Teachers in Martial Arts Nebojša Vasic, University of Zenica (2011); Sport SPA Vol. 8, Issue 2: 47–51; see page 46, 2nd column * ^ SOCIAL CONFLICT, AGGRESSION, AND THE BODY IN EURO-AMERICAN AND ASIAN SOCIAL THOUGHT Donald Levine, University of Chicago (2004) * ^ Ueshiba, Kisshōmaru (2004), _The Art of Aikido: Principles and Essential Techniques_, Kodansha International, ISBN 4-7700-2945-4 * ^ Tähtinen pp. 96, 98–99. * ^ Gandhi, Mohandas K., _The Bhagavad Gita According to Gandhi_ Berkeley Hills Books, Berkeley 2000 * ^ _A_ _B_ Christopher Chapple (1993), Nonviolence to Animals, Earth, and Self in Asian Traditions, State University of New York Press, ISBN 0-7914-1498-1 , pages 16–17 * ^ W Norman Brown (February 1964), _The sanctity of the cow in Hinduism_, The Economic Weekly, pages 245–255 * ^ D.N. Jha (2002), _The Myth of the Holy Cow_, ISBN 1-85984-676-9 , Verso * ^ Steven Rosen (2004), Holy Cow: The Hare Krishna Contribution to Vegetarianism and Animal Rights, ISBN 1-59056-066-3 , pages 19–39 * ^ Baudhayana Dharmasutra 2.4.7; 2.6.2; 2.11.15; 2.12.8; 3.1.13; 3.3.6; Apastamba Dharmasutra 1.17.15; 1.17.19; 2.17.26–2.18.3; Vasistha Dharmasutra 14.12. * ^ Manu Smriti 5.30, 5.32, 5.39 and 5.44; Mahabharata 3.199 (3.207), 3.199.5 (3.207.5), 3.199.19–29 (3.207.19), 3.199.23–24 (3.207.23–24), 13.116.15–18, 14.28; Ramayana 1-2-8:19 * ^ Alsdorf pp. 592–593. * ^ Mahabharata 13.115.59–60; 13.116.15–18. * ^ Kaviraj Kunja Lal Bhishagratna (1907), An English Translation of the Sushruta Samhita, Volume I, Part 2; see Chapter starting on page 469; for discussion on meats and fishes, see page 480 and onwards * ^ Sutrasthana 46.89; Sharirasthana 3.25. * ^ Sutrasthana 27.87. * ^ Mahabharata 3.199.11–12 (3.199 is 3.207 elsewhere); 13.115; 13.116.26; 13.148.17; Bhagavata Purana (11.5.13–14), and the Chandogya Upanishad (8.15.1). * ^ Alsdorf pp. 572–577 (for the Manusmṛti) and pp. 585–597 (for the Mahabharata); Tähtinen pp. 34–36. * ^ The Mahabharata and the Manusmṛti (5.27–55) contain lengthy discussions about the legitimacy of ritual slaughter. * ^ Mahabharata 12.260 (12.260 is 12.268 according to another count); 13.115–116; 14.28. * ^ Mahabharata 3.199 (3.199 is 3.207 according to another count). * ^ Tähtinen pp. 39–43. * ^ Alsdorf p. 589–590; Schmidt pp. 634–635, 640–643; Tähtinen pp. 41–42. * ^ Schmidt pp. 637–639; Manusmriti 10.63, 11.145 * ^ Rod Preece, Animals and Nature: Cultural Myths, Cultural Realities, ISBN 978-0-7748-0725-8 , University of British Columbia Press, pages 212–217 * ^ Chapple, C. (1990). Ecological Nonviolence and the Hindu Tradition. In _Perspectives on Nonviolence_ (pages 168–177). Springer New York * ^ Van Horn, G. (2006). Hindu Traditions and Nature: Survey Article. Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology, 10(1), 5–39 * ^ Tirukkuṛaḷ Translated by Rev G.U. Pope, Rev W.H. Drew, Rev John Lazarus, and Mr F W Ellis (1886), WH Allen see pages 40–41, verses 311–330 * ^ Tirukkuṛaḷ Archived 16 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine . see Chapter 32 and 33, Book 1 * ^ Tirukkuṛaḷ Translated by V.V.R. Aiyar, Tirupparaithurai : Sri Ramakrishna Tapovanam (1998) * ^ _Religious Vegetarianism_, ed. Kerry S. Walters and Lisa Portmess, Albany 2001, p. 50–52. * ^ Ramana Maharishi: \'\'Be as you are\'\'. Beasyouare.info. Retrieved on 2011-06-15. * ^ Swami Sivananda: \'\'Bliss Divine\'\', p. 3–8. Dlshq.org (2005-12-11). Retrieved on 2011-06-15. * ^ _Religious Vegetarianism_ p. 56–60. * ^ Tähtinen pp. 116–124. * ^ Jackson pp. 39–54. 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* ^ James Lochtefeld, "Yama (2)", The _Illustrated Encyclopedia of Hinduism_, Vol. 2: N–Z, Rosen Publishing. ISBN 978-0-8239-3179-8 , page 777

* ^ Sanskrit: अथ यम-नियमाः अहिंसा सत्यमस्तेयं बरह्मछर्यं कष्हमा धॄतिः दयार्जवं मिताहारः शौछं छैव यमा दश १७ English Translation: 1.1.17, CHAPTER 1. On Âsanas THE HAṬHA YOGA PRADIPIKA * ^ Laidlaw, pp. 154–160; Jindal, pp. 74–90; Tähtinen p. 110. * ^ Jain 2012 , p. 34. * ^ Jain 2012 , p. 33. * ^ Dundas pp. 158–159, 189–192; Laidlaw pp. 173–175, 179; _Religious Vegetarianism_, ed. Kerry S. Walters and Lisa Portmess, Albany 2001, p. 43–46 (translation of the First Great Vow). * ^ Laidlaw pp. 26–30, 191–195. * ^ Dundas p. 24 suggests the 5th century; the traditional dating of Mahavira's death is 527 BCE. * ^ Goyal, S.R.: _A History of Indian Buddhism_, Meerut 1987, p. 83–85. * ^ Dundas pp. 19, 30; Tähtinen p. 132. * ^ Dundas p. 30 suggests the 8th or 7th century; the traditional chronology places him in the late 9th or early 8th century. * ^ Acaranga Sutra 2.15. * ^ Sthananga Sutra 266; Tähtinen p. 132; Goyal p. 83–84, 103. * ^ Dundas pp. 160, 234, 241; Wiley p. 448; Granoff, Phyllis: _The Violence of Non-Violence: A Study of Some Jain Responses to Non-Jain Religious Practices_, in: _Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies_ 15 (1992) pp. 1–43; Tähtinen pp. 8–9. * ^ Laidlaw p. 169. * ^ Laidlaw pp. 166–167; Tähtinen p. 37. * ^ Lodha, R.M.: _Conservation of Vegetation and Jain Philosophy_, in: _Medieval Jainism: Culture and Environment_, New Delhi 1990, p. 137–141; Tähtinen p. 105. * ^ Jindal p. 89; Laidlaw pp. 54, 154–155, 180. * ^ Sutrakrtangasutram 1.8.3; Uttaradhyayanasutra 10; Tattvarthasutra 7.8; Dundas pp. 161–162. * ^ Hemacandra : _Yogashastra_ 3.37; Laidlaw pp. 166–167. * ^ Laidlaw p. 180. * ^ Sangave, Vilas Adinath: _Jaina Community. A Social Survey_, second edition, Bombay 1980, p. 259; Dundas p. 191. * ^ Jindal pp. 89, 125–133 (detailed exposition of the classification system); Tähtinen pp. 17, 113. * ^ _Nisithabhasya_ (in _Nisithasutra_) 289; Jinadatta Suri: _Upadesharasayana_ 26; Dundas pp. 162–163; Tähtinen p. 31. * ^ Jindal pp. 89–90; Laidlaw pp. 154–155; Jaini, Padmanabh S.: _ Ahimsa and "Just War" in Jainism_, in: _Ahimsa, Anekanta and Jainism_, ed. Tara Sethia, New Delhi 2004, p. 52–60; Tähtinen p. 31. * ^ Harisena, _Brhatkathakosa_ 124 (10th century); Jindal pp. 90–91; Sangave p. 259. * ^ Paul Williams (2005). _Buddhism: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies_. Routledge. p. 398. ISBN 978-0-415-33226-2 .

* ^ Bodhi Bhikkhu (1997). _Great Disciples of the Buddha: Their Lives, Their Works, Their Legacy_. Wisdom Publications. pp. 387 with footnote 12. ISBN 978-0-86171-128-4 . ; Sarao, p. 49; Goyal p. 143; Tähtinen p. 37. * ^ Lamotte, pp. 54–55. * ^ _A_ _B_ McFarlane 2001 , p. 187. * ^ McFarlane 2001 , pp. 187–191. * ^ Martine Batchelor (2014). _The Spirit of the Buddha_. Yale University Press. p. 59. ISBN 978-0-300-17500-4 . * ^ _A_ _B_ McFarlane 2001 , p. 192. * ^ Sarao p. 53; Tähtinen pp. 95, 102. * ^ Tähtinen pp. 95, 102–103. * ^ Kurt A. Raaflaub, _War and Peace in the Ancient World._ Blackwell Publishing, 2007, p. 61. * ^ Bartholomeusz, p. 52. * ^ Bartholomeusz, p. 111. * ^ _A_ _B_ Bartholomeusz, p. 41. * ^ Bartholomeusz, p. 50. * ^ Stewart McFarlane in Peter Harvey, ed., _Buddhism._ Continuum, 2001, pages 195–196. * ^ Bartholomeusz, p. 40. * ^ Bartholomeusz, pp. 125–126. Full texts of the sutta:. * ^ Rune E.A. Johansson, _The Dynamic Psychology of Early Buddhism._ Curzon Press 1979, page 33. * ^ Bartholomeusz, pp. 40–53. Some examples are the _Cakkavati Sihanada Sutta_, the _Kosala Samyutta_, the _Ratthapala Sutta_, and the _Sinha Sutta_. See also page 125. See also Trevor Ling, _Buddhism, Imperialism, and War._ George Allen in Kommission bei F. Steiner Wiesbaden. OCLC 4388049 . * Bartholomeusz, Tessa _In Defense of Dharma._ RoutledgeCurzon 2002 ISBN 0-7007-1681-5 * Jindal, K.B.: _An epitome of Jainism_, New Delhi 1988 ISBN 81-215-0058-3 * Laidlaw, James: _Riches and Renunciation. Religion, economy, and society among the Jains_, Oxford 1995 ISBN 0-19-828031-9 * Lamotte, Etienne: _History of Indian Buddhism from the Origins to the Śaka Era_, Louvain-la-Neuve 1988 ISBN 90-6831-100-X * McFarlane, Stewart (2001). Peter Harvey, ed. _Buddhism_. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4411-4726-4 . * Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi: _Manas: History and Politics_, 2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) * Sarao, K.T.S.: _The Origin and Nature of Ancient Indian Buddhism_, Delhi 1989 * Schmidt, Hanns Peter: _The Origin of Ahimsa_, in: _Mélanges d'Indianisme à la mémoire de Louis Renou_, Paris 1968 * Tähtinen, Unto: _Ahimsa. Non-Violence in Indian Tradition_, London 1976 ISBN 0-09-123340-2 * Jain, Vijay K. (2012), _Acharya Amritchandra\'s Purushartha Siddhyupaya: Realization of the Pure Self, With Hindi and English Translation_, Vikalp, ISBN 978-81-903639-4-5 , _ This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain ._


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