Ahimsa

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Harmlessness, non-injury, non-killing of life. In Buddhism, the first of the Ten Precepts is translated as “Refrain from destroying life.” According to the doctrine of the Jains, who strictly adhere to the Eastern principle of ahimsa, even the unintentional killing of an ant through carelessness may have severe consequences on the soul.

The foundation of Hindu law is the Code or Institutes of Manu, an ancient collection of laws based on custom, precedent and the teachings of the Vedas. This highly revered code defined the rules of conduct and their application to all the classes of the community. According to the code, the taking of life warranted the death penalty in order to reduce violence in society by deterring others from committing the same crime and to allow for expiation of sin.

Sources

Jesus and Kuthumi, Corona Class Lessons: For Those Who Would Teach Men the Way.