Ahimsa: non violence, non-injury, harmlessness
Even an easy comprehension of the law of karma, the law of sowing and reaping (Galatians 6:7), empowers us to understand the awful effects of homicide for the killer. As Vyasa describes: "The killer injures him with a strike of a weapon, deprives the victim of spirit, and then tears him away from life. The supports of his own life, animate or inanimate, become weakened because he’s deprived another of spirit. Because he’s caused pain, he experiences pain himself….
Ahimsa is interpreted in many ways-which is to be anticipated since Sanskrit is a language that abounds in many potential meanings for one word. But basically ahimsa isn’t causing any damage to any being whatsoever, including subhuman species. (Ahimsa isn’t normally considered in relation to plant and mineral life, but surely wanton destruction of such life would be an infringement of ahimsa, partially because it’d eventually have a damaging effect on animal life also.) To achieve this ideal it’s self evident that killing, harm, or violence are not thinkable for the yogi. And as Vyasa instantly points out, observances and all the other abstinences -yama and niyama-are actually rooted in ahimsa, for they include preventing damage to others and to ourselves through the negligence of favorable actions or either negative actions.
They’re instructed exclusively as means to bring this out in its purity.
Ahimsa contains severe abstinence from any kind of harm in action, language, or idea. Violence, also, physical and verbal, must be eschewed. And this contains any type of upset or malicious damage or abuse of physical objects.
Ahimsa is a state of mind from which non-harm will naturally carry on. & Quot;Ahimsa actually denotes an approach and manner of behaviour towards all living creatures based on the acknowledgement of the fundamental unity of life,& quot. And it dissolves completely. But until that internal state is created, we abstain from all actions of harm, and must work back from external to internal.
In actuality, we cannot without injuring innumerable beings live a minute in this world. Many tiny organisms are killed by our simple action of respiration, and thus does. To keep its health the body perpetually wars against viruses, bacteria, and dangerous germs. So in the supreme sense the state of ahimsa can simply be totally detected emotionally. However, we’re obligated to do as little harm as possible in our outside life.
The aspiring yogi must understand the observance of ahimsa must contain rigorous abstinence from the eating of animal flesh in any kind or amount, although it’s many ramifications.
Though the issue is strangely missing from every comment on the Yoga Sutras I’ve read, the practice of non-harm in regards to the yogi himself is essential. That’s, the yogi must do nothing in thought, word, or action that hurts his body, head, or spirit. On the other side, it necessitates the taking up of whatever advantages the body, mind, and spirit, for their omission is, in addition, a kind of self injury, as is the non observance of any of niyamas or the yama. It’s no easy matter to be a yogi.