Non-violence: Ahimsa

Hinduism offers a very comprehensive support to non-violence (ahimsa) — its outlook is practicable and up-to-date. To give an example, a Hindu might suggest, “An old lady verbally abusing her daughter-in-law is violence, but an army officer annihilating a terrorist is non-violence.

In Hinduism, ahimsa is not a theoretical concept where killing any living being is bad karma but involves a fine balance between karma and dharma (what was done vs. what the universe expected from us). At the same time, because karma includes what we say or think, hurting an innocent being’s feelings by our words counts as violent karma.

Would you agree with the example above (in bold)? If not, please tell us why?

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