Ahimsanuvrata, Ahiṃsāṇuvrata, Ahimsa-anuvrata: 1 definition


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Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 7: The Five Vows

Ahiṃsāṇuvrata (अहिंसाणुव्रत) refers to the “minor vow of non-violence” according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 7.20.—What is the minor vow of non-violence (ahiṃsā-aṇuvrata)? Due to the difficulty of practising the non injury (ahiṃsā) against all types of mobile and immobile living beings, a person giving up intentional injury of mobile living beings completely and minimizing continuously the injury against the immobile living beings as per his/her capabilities is said to be observing the minor vow of non-violence.

According to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 7.25, what are the five transgressions (aticara) of the minor vow of non-violence (ahiṃsa-aṇuvrata)? The five transgressions of the minor vow of non-violence are: binding (bandha), beating (vadha), mutilating limbs (cheda), overloading (atibhāra) and withholding food and drink (annapānanirodha) of the living beings.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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