[uh-him-sah, uh-hing-]
noun Hinduism.
the principle of noninjury to living beings.

1870–75; < Sanskrit, equivalent to a- not, without (cognate with a-6) + hiṁsā injury, akin to hánti (he) slays, Greek phónos murder

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ahimsa (ɑːˈhɪmsɑː)
(in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jainist philosophy) the law of reverence for, and nonviolence to, every form of life
[Sanskrit, from a-1 + himsā injury]

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Ahimsa, the first yama, is a prescription not to harm others.
Ahimsa, or nonviolence, maintained that all killing should be avoided to accrue spiritual merit.
Ahimsa is a rule of conduct that bars the killing or injuring of living beings.
The texts declare that ahimsa should be extended to all forms of life.
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