Ahimsa (also ahiṃsā, ahinsa, Sanskrit:अहिम्स) is a Sanskrit word which means "non-violence” or "non-injury". The practice of ahimsa is an important aspect of religions like Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. A person who practices ahimsa generally eats vegetarian foods. A religious person who practices ahimsa does not take part in animal sacrifice.
In twentieth century, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Martin Luther King each followed a path of Ahimsa, though in different ways. They struggled without fighting, while asking for the rights of their followers.
Jainism[change | change source]
The principle of ahiṃsā is the basic and well-known aspect of Jainism. In Jainism, killing any living being out of passions is considered 'hiṃsā' (injury) and abstaining from such act is 'ahiṃsā' (noninjury or nonviolence).
References[change | change source]
- Jain 2012, p. 34.