A is for Ahimsa
Ahimsa means non-violence.
When there are no stop lights, a policeman tells us when to
stop. He does this by holding up his hand, this tells us to stop. In the same
way the hand in the picture tells us to stop and think about what we are going
to do, talk to other people, or think. We can hurt someone by any of these
actions. We need to stop and think before doing anything. This way, we will be
able to observe the principles of Ahimsa better. We get either good or bad
karmas* by the things we do, the words we say, and the way we think.
The wheel in the hand tells us that if we don't watch all of these things,
then our soul** will never be free from this cycle of life and death.
So Ahimsa reminds us to stop and think before we do
anything, and to be sure that what we do, say, or think doesn't get us in
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** your true inner self; the part of you that never