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ahimsa: non-violence in thought and action

Ahimsa, the first of the five yamas laid out in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, is the practice of non-violence, both towards oneself and toward all other living beings. When non-violence in speech, thought and action is established, one’s aggressive nature is relinquished and others abandon hostility in one’s presence. YS II.35 In Sanskrit, the word ‘ahimsa’ …

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