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The hand with a wheel on the palm is a symbol for Ahimsa. The word in the middle is "ahimsa"

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 concept of ahiṃsā forms the base of Jainism. In Jainism, both homeless ascetic and householder (Śrāvaka) have to follow five major vows (vrata). Ascetics observe these vows more strictly.[1] In Jainism, killing any living being out of passions is considered 'hiṃsā' (injury) and abstaining from such act is 'ahiṃsā' (noninjury or nonviolence).[2] Jainism prescribes non-consumption of wine, flesh, honey, and the five udumbara fruits (Gular, Anjeera, Banyan, Peepal, and Pakar, all belonging to the fig class).[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Jain 2012, p. 32-33.
  2. Jain 2012, p. 34.
  3. Jain 2012, p. 44.

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