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Ahimsa is one of the cardinal virtues and an important tenet of 3 major religions (Jainism, Hinduism, and Buddhism). Ahimsa is a multidimensional concept, inspired by the premise that all living beings have the spark of the divine spiritual energy; therefore, to hurt another being is to hurt oneself. Ahimsa has also been related to the notion that any violence has karmic consequences.

"Ahimsa is the highest virtue,
Ahimsa is the highest self-control,
Ahimsa is the greatest gift,
Ahimsa is the best suffering,
Ahimsa is the highest sacrifice,
Ahimsa is the finest strength,
Ahimsa is the greatest friend,
Ahimsa is the greatest happiness,
Ahimsa is the highest truth, and
Ahimsa is the greatest teaching."

~ Mahaprasthanika Parva

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Ahinsa* is the highest Dharm. Ahinsa is the best Tapas. Ahinsa is the greatest gift. Ahinsa is the highest self-control. Ahinsa is the highest sacrifice. Ahinsa is the highest power. Ahinsa is the highest friend. Ahinsa is the highest truth. Ahinsa is the highest teaching. ( 18.116.37-41 )

* - The word Ahimsa - sometimes spelled as Ahinsa - is derived from the Sanskrit root hiṃs – to strike; hiṃsā is injury or harm, a-hiṃsā is the opposite of this, i.e. non harming or nonviolence.

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The purchaser of flesh performs Hinsa (violence) by his wealth; he who eats flesh does so by enjoying its taste; the killer does Hinsa by actually tying and killing the animal. Thus, there are three forms of killing: he who brings flesh or sends for it, he who cuts off the limbs of an animal, and he who purchases, sells or cooks flesh and eats it -- all of these are to be considered meat-eaters.
( Mahabharat, Anu 115.40 )

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The very name of cow is Aghnya ["not to be killed"], indicating that they should never be slaughtered. Who, then could slay them? Surely, one who kills a cow or a bull commits a heinous crime. ( Mahabharat, Shantiparv 262.47 )

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Those high-souled persons who desire beauty, faultlessness of limbs, long life, understanding, mental and physical strength and memory should abstain from acts of injury. Mahabharat (18.115.8)

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He who desires to augment his own flesh by eating the flesh of other creatures lives in misery in whatever species he may take his birth. ( 115.47 )

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Satyabhama, the favourite wife of Lord Krishna and the daughter of Satrajit, asked the sons of Pandu who are endowed with great strength? How is it that they are never angry with you? They are all ever ready to carry out your wishes. Tell me the secret."

Draupadi replied: "O Satyabhama! Hear now of my conduct towards the high souled Pandavas. I always serve them with intense devotion, giving up vanity and controlling my desire and anger. I do not look or sit or talk with superiority. I do not utter what is false or evil. My heart is never attracted to any body, young or handsome, wealthy or adorned with ornaments.

"I never bathe or eat or sleep till my husbands have bathed or eaten or slept, till all the servants and our followers have bathed, eaten and slept. Whenever my husbands return from the fields, the forest or the town, I rise hastily and salute them, offering them seats and water. I always keep the house and all the household articles and food clean. I keep them in border also. I carefully preserve the rice and serve it at the proper time.

"I never utter harsh words. I never get angry. I never imitate wicked women. I always do what is pleasant and agreeable. I am never lazy or idle. I never laugh except, in jest. I never linger long at the gate of the house. I always refrain from laughing loudly or indulging in things that may give offence. I am ever engaged in serving my husbands.

"Separation from my husbands is never agreeable to me. When they go to other places to see my relations I do not use flowers or scented paste and observe rigid austerities I always abandon what ever my husbands do not enjoy, whether it be food or drink. I always devotedly seek the welfare of my husbands. I always engage in those duties which my mother-in-law taught me concerning relatives, almsgiving worship of the gods, oblations, to ancestors and entertainment of guests. I always perform my duty day and night without the least idleness.

"I behave towards my husbands with great humility and reverence. I never deviate even a bit from the approved rules of conduct while serving them. I serve them always regarding them as so many poisonous snakes capable of being enraged even at a trifle.

"I am of the opinion that to depend on one's husband is the eternal virtue of a women. The husband is God to her. He is her sole refuge. There is no other refuge for her. How can a wife then act in a way that is disagreeable to her husband?

"I am always guided by my husbands. I never speak ill of my mother-in-law. I never, in sleeping, eating or adorning my person, act against the wishes of my husbands. I am diligent, brisk and prompt in my actions. I serve my Gurus with extreme humility. Therefore my husbands are highly pleased with me. Every day I serve my revered mother in-law with love and humility. I wait on her personally with food, drink and clothes.

"I never show any preference to my self over my mother-in-law in matters of food, dress and ornaments. I never rebuke her."

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Bhisma speaks out: how to deal with enemies

Yudhisthira inquired, "How should one react to people who insult you by their rudeness and arrogance?"

Bhisma replied, "If one does not become angry when insulted by another, then he takes away all the pious merit that person may have accumulated by good deeds. In addition he transfers to the abuser his own sinful reactions. After all what is the value of praise or blame when uttered by a vulgar fool? A person who praises some one in his presence but criticizes him behind his back is no better that a dog."

Yudhisthira, "How should one debate with an unscrupulous person?"

Bhisma replied, "In a debate the tactics of a truthful person are limited, but a deceitful person can utilize any abominable method. However if the truthful person were to use the same tactics as his opponent, he will find himself at a greater disadvantage, for he is acting contrary to his nature. Therefore a truthful and honest person should always avoid an argument with an unscrupulous person."

Yudhisthira then inquired, "How should one behave towards a more powerful enemy?"

Bhisma replied, "Even though the swift current of the river can uproot and carry huge trees, the canes survive since they bend with the current. Similarly in order to survive an enemy more powerful, one must yield while staying firmly anchored to the roots."

Yudhisthira inquired, "What should a weak person do if out of foolishness and pride he provokes a powerful enemy?"

Bhisma replied, "O King, the weaker person must repent and thus appease the stronger enemy."

Yudhisthira inquired, "What is the origin of all sin?"

Bhisma replied, "Greed, the hankering to posses more than one's naturally ordained quota is the origin of all sin. The desire to posses that which belongs to another is insatiable and gives rise to anger, lust, loss of judgment, arrogance, miserliness, lack of compassion, enviousness, mistrust and many other evils. Ignorance is made up of the same material as greed, though if analyzed it can be seen that ignorance also comes from greed. As one's greed increases, his ignorance also becomes more dense."

Yudhisthira inquired, "What produces the highest merit?"

Bhisma replied, "Self-restraint surpasses all other activities in this regard and is therefore considered to be the highest virtue. Because self-restraint purifies and controls every aspect of one's life it is more important than giving in charity and the study of the Vedas. By self-restraint alone one can achieve liberation from the material world. Self-restraint comprises sense-control, freedom from anger, non-enviousness, impartiality, truthfulness, steadiness and contentment. However, the essential quality of self-restraint is austerity. Thus no good can be achieved without austerity."

Yudhisthira then inquired, "O Bhisma, is there any rule that should never be violated under any condition?"

Bhisma replied. "The worship of true brahmans and giving them all kinds of respect must never be given up under any circumstance"

(Mahabharata, Shanti Parva)

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