An opportune memory came to me of one of Patanjali's yoga aphorisms-that on ahimsa (harmlessness).
By birth I am a Vaishnavite, and was taught ahimsa in my childhood.
The Wardha mosquitoes don't know a thing about ahimsa, 44-6 Swamiji!
It is not written that a follower of the religion of ahimsa (non-killing) may kill a fellow-man.
ahimsa requires deliberate self-suffering, not a deliberate injuring of the supposed wrong-doer.
It is firmly based on the Hindu idea of ahimsa, and hence avoids physical violence.
A man cannot then practice ahimsa and be a coward at the same time.
In its positive form, ahimsa means the largest love, the greatest charity.
Generally speaking, we may observe that many Hindus partake of meat and are not, therefore, followers of ahimsa.
ahimsa truly understood is in my humble opinion a panacea for all evils mundane and extra-mundane.
1875, from Sanskrit ahimsa, from a "without" + himsa "injury."