Babylon 10
The world's best online dictionary

Download it's free

Definition of Ahimsa

Babylon English

Hindu and Buddhist philosophy and principle of nonviolence and revering all living creatures and refraining from harming any living thing
Ahimsa Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
WordNet 2.0

1. a Buddhist and Hindu and especially Jainist doctrine holding that all forms of life are sacred and urging the avoidance of violence
(hypernym) religious doctrine, church doctrine, gospel, creed
(classification) Buddhism
Ahimsa Definition from Religion & Spirituality Dictionaries & Glossaries
Ahimsa (Sanskrit) [from a not + the verbal root hims to injure, kill, destroy] Harmlessness; one of the cardinal virtues. The sanctity of life is imbodied in the teachings of the Buddhists and Jains, as well as of many Hindu schools. Asoka, the first Buddhist emperor, particularly espoused ahimsa as part of the practice of dharma. According to Manu (4:148), one may acquire the faculty of "remembering former births" by the observance of ahimsa.
In the Vamana-Purana, ahimsa is personified as the wife of Dharma, whose offspring, Nara and Narayana (epithets of Arjuna and Krishna respectively), pointed the way to spiritual enlightenment.
Hinduism Glossary for Introduction to Religion
In Sanskrit, literally, "noninjury." It is the principle that a person should do no harm. In Jainism, this restriction includes all living creatures because they all contain a jiva .
non-violence. An important "yama" or moral princple.
Ahimsa Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Ahimsa (; IAST: , Pāli: ) is a term meaning 'not to injure' and 'compassion'. The word is derived from the Sanskrit root hiṃs – to strike; hiṃsā is injury or harm, a-hiṃsā is the opposite of this, i.e. cause no injury, do no harm. Ahimsa is also referred to as nonviolence, and it applies to all living beings - including all animals - according to many Indian religions.

See more at
© This article uses material from Wikipedia® and is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License and under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License