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Gandhi on Ahimsa
June 19, 2009, 4:33 pm
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The word “ahimsa” refers to the principle and practice of non-violence and respect for all living things. It’s a main tenet of Hinduism and Buddhism, and is especially central to Jainism. Here are some wonderful and thought-provoking quotes on ahimsa from Mahatma Gandhi:

gandhi“Literally speaking, ahimsa means non-violence. But to me it has much higher, infinitely higher meaning. It means that you may not offend anybody; you may not harbor uncharitable thought, even in connection with those who consider your enemies. To one who follows this doctrine, there are no enemies. A man who believes in the efficacy of this doctrine finds in the ultimate stage, when he is about to reach the goal, the whole world at his feet. If you express your love—Ahimsa—in such a manner that it impresses itself indelibly upon your so called enemy, he must return that love.”

 “Ahimsa is the highest ideal. It is meant for the brave, never for the cowardly.”

“Ahimsa is the eradication of the desire to injure or to kill.”

ahimsa“Ahimsa is an attribute of the brave. Cowardice and ahimsa don’t go together any more that water and fire. “

“True ahimsa should mean a complete freedom from ill-will and anger and hate and an overflowing love for all.”

“Ahimsa is the attribute of the soul, and therefore, to be practiced by everybody in all affairs of life. If it cannot be practiced in all departments, it has no practical value.”


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