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Ahimsa

Nonviolence

The definition of ahimsa is a religious philosophy that all life, including animals, is sacred. An example of ahimsa is being a vegetarian because of the importance of animals' lives.

 

 

 

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Satyagraha (Truth-holding)

This is Gandhi’s word to describe the unitive power of Love and Truth that is at the root of all being and that can be unleashed to transform conflict and to create true peace, justice, and reconciliation.

According to Gandhi, “Satyagraha is literally holding on to Truth, and it means therefore Truth-force.” Truth, for Gandhi, was God. ... Gandhi, in his experiments with satyagraha, both in South Africa and in India, became more and more aware of the relative character of truth as an operative principle.

 

 

 

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