Non-Violence In Sanatan Dharma :
“Ahimsa Paramo Dharma” is a Sanskrit phrase that is often repeated today to demonstrate the universality of Ahimsa.
Loosely translated, Ahimsa means Non-violence, Paramo means topmost, ultimate, or supreme, and Dharma means duty. Thus, the entire phrase means that non-violence is the topmost duty to the extent that it supersedes all other duties.
For someone who holds this true, it means that there is no selective application of Ahimsa…it must be applied in every case and in all matters. This universal sense leads to an unconditional and unilateral abandonment of violent resistance, under any and all circumstances (as in the philosophy of Buddha and Jains).
But Sanatan Vedic Dharma does not impose total non-violence on its followers except in the case of ascetics. Ahimsa is a general Dharma that is superseded with Himsa (violence) in order to protect Dharma.
Ahimsa is only loosely…
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