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By Dr. Devakinanda Pasupuleti

Ahimsa is an ancient Indian principle of nonviolence which applies to all living beings.


Ashtottaram 14

14) OṀ AHIMSĀBHŨMYAI NAMAH:

OṀ (AUM) – A-HIM-SAA-BHOO-MYAI– NA-MA-HA

ॐ अहिम्साभूम्यै नमः

(Ahimsa: ‘Non-violence’.)

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Ahimsa, or non-violence, has been a highly extolled virtue throughout Indian history. In fact, it is as old as the Ṛigveda itself. Even during the Vedic period, when animal sacrifices existed, the animal was rendered unconscious before being killed, so that it did not suffer. Prayers were offered to ward off the effects of the sin of killing an animal. The Upanishads refer to ahimsa as an ethical discipline and emphasize the need for cultivating compassion, as corollary to ahimsa. The Mahābhārata often calls ‘ahimsa’ the highest dharma (ahimsā paramo dharmah). The Purāṇās and Dharma shāstrās extol it in glowing terms. Ahimsa is also described as the gateway to dharma. The Yogasutrās of Patanjali list it as the first virtue to be cultivated by a yoga aspirant.

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Ahimsa means not injuring other living beings by thought (manasa), word (vācha) and deed (kriya). This is the ideal to be relentlessly pursued by those who have dedicated their lives to the realization of the Ātman (the Self). For them it is a mahāvṛata (great vow).


The ancient rishis not only emphasized physical non-injury but also taught us verbal and mental non-violence. Pinterest

Ahimsa can never be practiced perfectly without its complement, love. They are two sides of the same coin. Anyone who has practiced it effectively radiates a wonderful sense of peace. India managed to kick out the British Empire mainly through the power of ahimsa. In the Ṛigveda Saṃhita a mantra states: “māvoghnataṃā śapatamprati voce deva yantam”– which means- “return not blow for blow, nor curse for neither curse, nor meanness for base tricks, but shower blessings instead”. The idea of ‘Tit for tat’ and ‘an eye for an eye’- was not our attitude. Our ancient rishis not only emphasized physical non-injury but also taught us verbal and mental non-violence. They claimed this ahimsa as our eternal law of righteousness.

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The idea of ahimsa has travelled beyond India. It was most notably adopted by Martin Luther King who was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi in the civil rights movement in the USA.

Ahimsa has brought independence to our country without wars or violence, and stands as a pinnacle virtue for Hindus, Jains, and Buddhists. Hence, our land is ‘Ahimsā Bhūmi’.


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These information would assist in managing the air quality in a timely manner, a release from the Ministry of Earth Sciences said.

The need was stated by the CAQM, which was formed by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, during a meeting held in January 2021.

Recently, the Commission reviewed the progress made by IITM and had in principle approved the current version of DSS for air quality management in the Delhi-NCR. The IITM has also developed a new website for DSS with the entire system made operational, the release said.

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The website also has a feature whereby the users can create their own emission reduction scenarios (from 20 different districts, including Delhi) so as to examine the possible projected improvement in air quality in Delhi for the next five days.

"This information would explicitly highlight the most important emission sources responsible for the degradation of air quality in Delhi and suggest possible solutions to ameliorate the same. With a plethora of quantitative data, the AQEWS integrated with DSS could become a user-friendly tool for air-quality management in and around Delhi," the release said. (IANS/JB)

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