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                           AHIMSA and JAINISM    

The Docrine of Ahimsa has been universally accepted as a basic principle of jain religion. Ahimsä or Non-violence is a fundamental part of the Jain teachings and is based on love and kindness for all forms of life. It has been pointed out in Jain scriptures that even the thought of evil is as bad as the action resulting in injury. It takes non-violence to its highest form in thoughts, words and deeds. 
   The killing, which is done through the careless activity of thought, speech and body, is violence.     - Tattvärth Sutra of Umäswämi 
     As written in the seventh chapter of 9th and 10th sutra of  Tattvärth Sutra of Umäswämi  himsa is the cause of distress not only in this life but in several other yonis (lifes).

In trying to enforce in one's life the central teaching of Gita, one is bound to follow Truth and Ahimsa. Perfect renunciation is impossible without perfect observance of Ahimsa in every shape and form.        - Mahatma Ghandhi      
Through the successful efforts of Mahatma Ghandhi in making non-violence in word, thought, and deed, the basis of all struggle for political liberty, freedom, and self-government, the word Ahimsa has acquired a word-wide recognition. 

 Ahimsä is disciplined behavior towards every living being   - Dashvaikalika Sutra (6/9)

Absence of violence of any sort towards all beings at all times is Ahimsa.  -Yogasutra

Gautam Buddha has been called the Lord of Compassion. The God of Hindus is called  Dayalu, Kripalu.  "Thou shalt not kill"  is one of the ten commandments in the Holy Bible.  Ahimsä is not to be practiced at the physical level only but at a mental one as well. In other words, ‘Man’ (mind), ‘Vachan’ (speech), or ‘Kaya’ (body) states. Even hurting someone’s feelings is himsä. In fact, ‘Violence is the presence of evil thoughts, feelings or attitude’. Ahimsa or non-injury, of course, implies non-killing. But, non-injury is not merely non-killing. In its comprehensive meaning, Ahimsa or non-injury means entire abstinence from causing any pain or harm whatsoever to any living creature, either by thought, word, or deed. Non-injury requires a harmless mind, mouth, and hand. Ahimsa is not mere negative non-injury. It is positive, cosmic love. It is the development of a mental attitude in which hatred is replaced by love. Ahimsa  is true sacrifice. Ahimsa is forgiveness. Ahimsa is Sakti (power). Ahimsa is  true strength.  


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