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Saturday, May 2, 2009

What is ahimsa and how does it relate to veganism?

Ahimsa is the Sanskrit term for non-violence and is a basic teaching in yoga philosophy. The term ahimsa or non-violence refers to our thoughts, our words and our actions. Practicing ahimsa requires compassion and empathy for others. It calls us to treat others the way we would like to be treated. This directly relates to veganism in that when we see ourselves in a fish, cow, deer or any other living being just as we do with our cats and dogs we are unlikely to take their life. We have profound respect for our own life and when we see ourselves in others we have respect for their life. The practice of ahimsa is then a practice of connecting with all living beings and becoming the peace you would like to see in the world.

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