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A.Word.A.Day--ahimsa

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This week's theme: loanwords from Sanskrit.

ahimsa (uh-HIM-sah, uh-HIN-sah) noun

The principle of refraining from harming any living being.

[From Sanskrit ahimsa, from a- (not) + hinsa (injury).]

See more usage examples of ahimsa in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)

"As my conception of ahimsa went on maturing, I became more vigilant about my thought and speech. The lines in the Anthem:
Scatter her enemies
And make them fall;
Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks
particularly jarred upon my sentiments of Ahimsa."
M.K. Gandhi; The Story of My Experiments With Truth; 1927.

X-Bonus

Why should I give them my mind as well? -Dalai Lama, when asked if he wasn't angry at the Chinese for taking over his country. (1935- )

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