Bhavahimsa, Bhāvahiṃsā, Bhava-himsa: 1 definition



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

Bhāvahiṃsā (भावहिंसा) according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 7.13.—What is meant by psychic violence (bhāva-hiṃsā)? Violence committed in thoughts due to passion tainted state of the soul is called psychic violence. One person wants to kill another person but is not able to do so. Why is he said to have committed violence? As the first person is tainted with passions, so he commits psychic violence (bhāva-hiṃsā).

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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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