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        the Divine, an emanation of the Source and part of a cosmic
        continuum.  They further hold that each life form, even water
        and trees, possesses consciousness and energy.  Nonviolence,
        ahimsa, the primary basis of vegetarianism, has long been
        central to the religious traditions of India-especially
        Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.  Religion in India has
        consistently upheld the sanctity of life, whether human, animal
        or, in the case of the Jains, elemental.
        The Sanskrit for vegetarianism is Shakahara,  and one following
        a vegetarian diet is a shakahari.  The term for meat-eating is
        mansahara, and the meat-eater is called mansahari.  Ahara means
        "to consume, or eat," shaka means "vegetable," and mansa means
        "meat or flesh." The very word mansa, "meat," conveys a deep
        appreciation of life's sacredness and an understanding of the
        law of karma by which the consequence of each action returns to
        the doer.  As explained in the 2,000-year-old Manu Dharma
        Shastra, 5.55, "The learned declare that the meaning of mansa
        (flesh) is, 'he (sa) will eat me (mam) in the other world whose
        flesh I eat here.' "
        There developed early in India an unparalleled concern for
        harmony among life forms, and this led to a common ethos based
        on noninjuriousness and a minimal consumption of natural
        resources-in other words, to compassion and simplicity.  If homo
        sapiens is to survive his present predicament, he will have to
        rediscover these two primary ethical virtues.
        "Is vegetarianism integral to noninjury?" In my book, Dancing
        with Siva, this question is addressed as follows: "Hindus teach
        vegetarianism as a way to live with a minimum of hurt to other
        beings, for to consume meat, fish,
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