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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 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).[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Jain 2012, p. 34.

Citations[change | change source]

  • Jain, Vijay K. (2012). Acharya Amritchandra's Purushartha Siddhyupaya:Realization of the Pure Self. Vikalp Printers. ISBN 978-81-903639-4-5.