Ahimsa does not simply mean non-killing. Himsa means causing pain to or killing any life out of anger or for a selfish purpose or with the intention of injuring it. Refraining from so doing is ahimsa. Ahimsa means not to injure any creature by thought, word or deed. True ahimsa should mean a complete freedom from ill- will and anger and hate and an overflowing love for all. Ahimsa is the attribute of the soul and therefore to be practiced by everybody in all the affairs of life. – Mahadma Gandhi
“The Eight Limbs of Yoga” as described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra describe the path to peace, health and harmony with the greater whole. The fist Limb, Yama (Universal Morality) suggests the attitude we should have towards things and living beings around us. The first of the Yama’s is Ahimsa, which translates to non-violence; it also means kindness, compassion, friendliness and thoughtful consideration of all living creatures. Ahimsa applies that it is our duty and responsibility not to harm anything and anyone.
It is because of Ahimsa that I have adapted to a Vegan, cruelty-free life-style. While being kind and compassionate to the animals, I also improve my health and the health of the planet.