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noun - plural: ahimsas

  1. a Buddhist and Hindu and especially Jainist doctrine holding that all forms of life are sacred and urging the avoidance of violence

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  1. A doctrine of non-violence in Hinduism and Buddhism, concerned with the sacredness of all living things and an effort to avoid causing harm to them.


  1. "Ahimsa" is a 1981 Malayalam film directed by I. V. Sasi and written by T. Damodaran, starring Sukumaran, Ratheesh, Mammootty, Poornima Jayaram, Seema, and Menaka. Ahimasa followed Angadi and was a precursor to Eenadu; it met with average response but Mammootty won the Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actor for his role as Vasu.
  2. "Ahimsa": Ahinsa is a 1979 Bollywood action film directed by Chand. The film stars Sunil Dutt and Rekha.


"Ahimsa" a.k.a. "Ahiṃsā" is a book by Unto Tähtinen.

  • also known as "Ahiṃsā: non-violence in Indian tradition"


  1. Ahimsa – polska grupa sceny niezależnej powstała w 1989 roku, w Warszawie, nazwa pochodzi od odmiany filozofii hinduistycznej. Założycielami zespołu byli Tomek Grewiński i Tomek Sierajewski, wkrótce do zespołu dołączył brat Grewińskiego, Mirosław Grewiński.
    • albums: "Ducha nie gaście", "Hokus Pokus"
  2. Ahimsa is a four-piece ensemble based in India and Germany.
    • album: "Seven Steps to Liberty - Step One"

There are other groups with in their name, like Ahimsa Sunrise.

Phrases with Ahimsa

Phrases ending with the word Ahimsa:

  1. Australonura Ahimsa
  2. Apogonichthys ahimsa
  3. Species Australonura Ahimsa
  4. species Apogonichthys ahimsa

Other phrases containing the word Ahimsa:

  1. Apogonichthys ahimsa santoensis
  2. Subspecies Apogonichthys Ahimsa Santoensis

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Ahimsa

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Google previewRediscovering Gandhi (2007)

by Jonathan K. Crane And Jordi Agusti-Panareda R.P. Misra

"Ahimsa is a science. The word 'failure'

Ahimsa is an active force; 4. Ahimsa alone...

Ahimsa Is the Law of Our Species 'Non-violence is the law of the human race and is infinitely greater than and superior to brute force.' In these words of ...

Google previewChoosing a Path (1982)

by Swami Rama

Ahimsa means non-injuring, non-hurting, and non-killing.

Google previewGandhi the Man (2011)

How One Man Changed Himself to Change the World by Eknath Easwaran

N evertheless, ahimsa is the means; Truth is the end. ” Ahimsa is the bedrock of satyagraha, the “ irreducible minimum” to which satyagraha adheres and the final measure of its value.

Google previewThe Evolving Peacemaker (2016)

A Commitment to Nonviolence by Leona Evans

Ahimsa is a transcendent form of love that lifts us from the level of personal bias to one of unconditional acceptance and desire for the other's well-being. It is a spiritual love that is powerful enough to heal even the most painful wounds.

Google previewIndia of Tomorrow (1998)

by G.R. Madan

Ahimsa is a mental quality. It is freedom from hatred of...

Ahimsa is the mental quality of essential goodness...

Google previewInternational Handbook of Curriculum Research (2013)

by William F. Pinar

Ahimsa is the absence of violence in word, thought, and deed, and its basis is the unity of all life.

affirm that “Ahimsa is a positive doctrine of love, friendship, and equality among all living ...

Google previewThoughts of Gandhi and Vinoba (1995)

by K. S. Bharathi

To him, ahimsa is the heart of all religions. The means and the...

Google previewGlobalization and Environmental Challenges (2008)

Reconceptualizing Security in the 21st Century by Hans Günter Brauch, Úrsula Oswald Spring, Czeslaw Mesjasz, John Grin, Pál Dunay, Navnita Chadha Behera, Béchir Chourou, Patricia Kameri-Mbote, P. H. Liotta

Nevertheless, ahimsa is the means, truth is the end” (Gandhi 1961: 27). Gandhi did...

For Gandhi ahimsa means infinite love, unbounded charity, voluntary self- suffering, non-attachment, fearlessness, strength and innocence.

Google previewWorld Scriptures (2009)

Guidelines for a Unity-and-Diversity Global Civilization by Leland P. Stewart

Ahimsa is the cause and peace is its effect, its result. Let us not talk merely of peace but before it, we must assimilate ahimsa into the heart. The first principle of ahimsa is the purity of one's thought, purity of one's emotion, and purity of one's ...

Google previewContemporary Society (2010)

A Gandhian Appraisal

Gandhi ji' Ahimsa is a powerful social force to bring about changes in the society and lead it towards a peaceful non-exploitative socio-economic order. Gandhiji once asserted “The existing structure of economic society will not last for twenty ...

Google previewFacilitator's Manual for the Class of Nonviolence (2007)

by Susan Ives

Ahimsa is an Indian song – we get our word “hymn” from the Sanskrit work ahimsa. Singing was very important in the Indian struggle for independence. When people marched in protest marches or attended rallies they sang liberation ...

Google previewGandhi's Peace Army (1996)

The Shanti Sena and Unarmed Peacekeeping by Thomas Weber

Nevertheless, ahimsa is the means, Truth is the end.

Google previewHinduism

Ahimsa is a rule of conduct that bars the killing or injuring of living beings. It is closely connected with the notion that all kinds of violence entail negative karmic consequences. The extent to which the principle of non-violence can or should be ...

Google previewA Journey Towards Greater Happiness (2014)

by Venkatachala I. Sreenivas, M.D.

ahimsa means not injuring any living being with words, thought, and deeds.No living creature likes tobe hurtor killed. As individuals we do not want others tohurt us. What we do not want othersdo to us, we should not doto others. This natural ...

Google previewThe Illustrated Encyclopedia of Hinduism: A-M (2002)

by James G. Lochtefeld

Ahimsa ("refraining from harm") Ahimsa refers to the conscious commitment to refrain from harming other living beings, either directly or indirectly .

Google previewA Political and Economic Dictionary of South Asia (2015)

by Jivanta Schottli, Subrata K. Mitra, Siegried Wolf

Ahimsa. The term ahimsa refers to a concept of non-violence which advocates respect towards all kind of life. It has its origin in Sanskrit and is derived from the word ahims: a-, meaning 'not' and hims meaning 'injury'. As a religious doctrine it ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspectives (2016)

by Paul Joseph

Ahimsa does not mean the mere abstention from killing but it includes any other kind of violence— intentional or unintentional—that may cause injury to all living beings. A Jain monk undertakes mahavratas (“great vows”), and a layperson ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Hindu Gods and Goddesses (1998)

by Suresh Chandra

There is an oft-quoted Hindu saying, "Ahimsa Paramo Dharma" which means " Non-violence is the highest duty." Long before Jesus Christ, Hinduism taught people to return good for evil. Scores of passages from the Mahabharata and the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the African Diaspora (2008)

Origins, Experiences, and Culture. A-C. Volume 1

The word “ahimsa” is the antonym of himsa, which means killing, slaughter, and destruction. There are said to be three kinds of himsa: personal, verbal, and mental. Ahimsa as a philosophy of life was re- ferred to in the fifth verse of the tenth ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Hinduism (2006)

by Constance Jones, James D. Ryan

Ahimsa means “non-killing.” This is a concept that seems to emerge in late Vedic times (c. 800 B.C.E.) and is primarily associated with the Jain (see JAINISM) and Buddhist traditions at that time. It gradually is taken into the Brahminical tradition ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Hinduism (1997)

by Bruce M. Sullivan

AHIMSA. Noninjury; nonviolence.

Google previewFood, Feasts, and Faith: An Encyclopedia of Food Culture in World Religions [2 volumes] (2017)

by Paul Fieldhouse

Importantly, ahimsa goes beyond physical actions; the concept of noninjury also extends to words and thoughts. To wish harm to anyone, including an enemy, or to desire retribution is himsa. Similarly, to ask or encourage others to do harm is ...

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Scrabble value of A1H4I1M3S1A1

The value of this 6-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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