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Ahimsa

Posted by lil' jimi on August 15, 2003, at 9:14:34

In reply to Re: The Four Noble Truths, posted by lil' jimi on June 12, 2003, at 15:53:59

The Word of the Day for Aug 14 is:

ahimsa \uh-HIM-sah\ noun :
the Hindu and Buddhist doctrine of refraining from harming any living being

Example sentence:
Mahatma Gandhi directed his followers to adhere to the principles of ahimsa, insisting that even people fighting for their rights need to honor life and do no harm.

Did you know?
"Ahimsa" has been part of the English language since at least 1875, but the word didn't gain popularity in the English-speaking world until the first half of the 20th century, when it was recognized as an important component of the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. "Ahimsa" comes from a Sanskrit word meaning "noninjury," and Gandhi's policy of nonviolent protest played a crucial role in the political and social changes that eventually led to India's independence from Britain in 1947.

2003 by Merriam-Webster, Incorporated


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