ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Himsa

Updated on December 20, 2016

The Himsa


By Prof. A.D.Sarkar

A frustrated Siddhartha Gautam said to the Vedaparaga, “Guru dev, himsa is ubiquitous in the world we live in.”

A Vedaparaga is one who has reached the other shore of the river of Vedas. That is, he or she is the one who is an authority on all aspects of the Vedic literature and they may have their own interpretations of many areas of the subject.

The 'him' part of himsa should be pronounced as in thing and 'sa' as in the 'sa' of sari. By himsa Siddhartha Gautam referred to violence. The antonym of himsa is ahimsa, the first 'a' to be pronounced as in lost.

The Vedaparaga lived in the forest with his wife in a spacious cottage and he owned many others which were reserved to accommodate visitors or travellers. He had a library and a hall for holding seminars. He established who Siddhartha was and was sympathetic regarding the homesickness of this young man and the physical hardship he was undergoing. He just finished his talk at a seminar when Siddartha Gautam mentioned himsa.

“You are correct of course,” replied the Vedaparaga, “but it is also life-giving. Read the ancient work named Matsyanyaya which propounds the law of the fishes. It points out that big fishes eat the small ones otherwise the former would not survive. The small ones would feast on insects for sustenance. The carnivores eat the herbivores and humans eat both kinetic and static lives such as plants and fruits. The victims undergo dukkha before and at the moment of their death.”

Siddhartha lost concentration for while. He thought of his aunt, Ananda's mother, and his wife Gopa and son Rahul. Vedaparaga noticed his inattentiveness. He said, “You are thinking of your near and dear ones at Rajgriha. It is you who decided to abandon them and subject them to a distressing state of dukkha. Your action could easily be classified under himsa.”

“But Gurudev,” protesed Siddhartha, “I wanted to know that which is true. I wanted to know the causes of dukkha so that I could deduce the ways to remove dukkha.”

The Vedaparaga said, “All the more reason for understanding himsa or its antonym ahimsa, non-violence, which should be the norm. Unfortunately, ahimsa has only a subordinate role in the dharmas of societal decisions or those among the political elites, kings and Generals of armies. In the ancient treatise, Arthashastra, the case for violence is expounded with unequivocal confidence. It is stated that there is no animate subjects or inanimate objects whose dharmas do not encourage violence with or without provocation. All creatures use violence just for the sake of it. For example, the king with his retinue goes on hunting expeditions just for the fun of it. The slaughtered animals are left to rot away. Himsa, of course, is legitimate when it is used for survival. For example, the lamb eats the grass and other plants, the wolf eats the lamb. The wolf is devoured by a large python. The python dies a lingering death when jivanus, bacteria, attack it which in turn are decimated by humans with the aid of appropriate plant extracts.

Now look at nature in our phenomenal world which does not seem to exist without himsa. There is this ever present mortal danger for all kinetic and static objects to be destroyed from the atmosphere. The danger appears in the form of gale force wind, lightning and rain giving rise to deluge. Such dangers are Adhidaivic. They cause loss of lfe, property and crops.

Then there are these earthly dangers from predatory animals, venomous reptiles disease and above all war between ambitious kings. Such himsa is Adhibhoutic. Of course there is this Adhmyatic himsa which arises out of jealousy, greed or attachment giving rise to dukkha of varying severity.”



    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)