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'Ahimsa derives from the Sanskrit word hims which mean to strike of kill. Ahimsa is thus the "absence of the desire to kill or harm."
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Ahimsa is a principle component of Jainism
- Chapple, Christopher Key. Nonviolence to Animals, Earth, and Self in Asian Traditions. New York: State University of New York, 1993. p. 11.