Literally speaking, ahimsa means non-violence. But to me it has much higher, infinitely
higher meaning. It means that you may not offend anybody; you may not harbor
thought, even in connection with those who consider your enemies. To one who follows this
doctrine, there are no enemies. A man who believes in the efficacy of this
doctrine finds in
the ultimate stage, when he is about to reach the goal, the whole world at his feet.
you express your love- Ahimsa-in such a manner that it impresses itself indelibly upon
your so called enemy, he must return that love.
This doctrine tells us that we may guard
the honor of those under our charge by delivering our own lives into the hands of
the man who would commit the sacrilege. And that requires far greater courage than
delivering of blows.