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In which scripture originally 'ahiṃsā sarvathā sarvadā sarvabhutānāḥ manabhīdroha' sentence was written?

Vyasa Bhashya of Patanjali Yoga Sutras has this verse. Vyasa Muni starts commentary on Sutra 30 of Sadhana Padha with this sentence. अहिंसासयास्तेयब्रह्मचर्यापरिग्रहा यमाः ॥ ३० ॥ (Sutra) तत्राहिंसा ...
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Why are Hindus vegetarian? What is the real meaning of the word 'mamsah' (मांसः) or meat?

Mahabharata - Anushasana Parva -Dana Dharma Parva - Chapters 114-116 are discussing this issue in very detail. This is discussion between Bhishma , Yudhisthira and Rishi Vaishampayana. These chapters ...
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Why are Hindus vegetarian? What is the real meaning of the word 'mamsah' (मांसः) or meat?

Eating meat outside of rituals is considered as a sin unanimously in all scriptures.. that's why probably. Manu Smriti 5.31. ’The consumption of meat (is befitting) for sacrifices,’that is ...
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Does the shloka 'ahiṃsā paramo dharma' or excerpt appear in Mahabharata?

There is no shloka in mahabharata that says Himsa dharma tadaivacha. I downloaded mahabharata from bombay.indology.info and grepped for the shloka. This is the header from that website. This site ...
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Does the shloka 'ahiṃsā paramo dharma' or excerpt appear in Mahabharata?

The shloka almost similar to this, appears in Ishvara Gita, which is part of Kurma Purana AhinsaayaH paro dharmo naastyhinsaa param sukham | vidhinaa yaa bhaveddhinsaa tvahinsaiv prakirtitaa || ...
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Who was Ahimsâ dévî?

Various Puraans mention that thirteen of Daksha Prajapati's daughters were married to Dharma but none of those is Ahimsa. For example, Vishnu Puran Chapter 8 mentions the following wives of Dharma: ...
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Do different forms of life have different value?

Yes, human life is considered to be of higher value because of the possibility of a human attaining moksha. The swan [Brahman] said, "I disclose unto you a great mystery. There is no status that is ...
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Does the shloka 'ahiṃsā paramo dharma' or excerpt appear in Mahabharata?

When we visit an old heritage monument, we may think that aesthetically, it may be better to have some further improvement. But we should not attempt any such improvement on it, as the heritage has to ...
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Why did Rama try to kill an innocent deer just for its skin?

Rama was not trying to kill the golden deer for its skin. Sita wanted it as a pet to bring back to Ayodhya; here's what she tells Rama in this chapter of the Aranya Kanda of the Ramayana: Oh, ...
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Why did Rama try to kill an innocent deer just for its skin?

We find one of the possible explanation of Shree Rama's act of Killing a deer who actually was a demon named Maricha, Sent by Ravana ,to take Shree Rama away from his hut ,and then to abduct Devi ...
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Should you be guilty of killing insects while running, cycling , playing etc?

Yes As mentioned in this answer, it is a sin to kill small creatures. It is a rational way to walk carefully in-order to avoid violence. Else, we are guilt for doing sin. We have to vigilant enough ...
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How big of a sin is killing of insects?

There might be a possible answer in the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam Purāṇa Canto 5: The Creative Impetus » CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX ŚB 5.26.17 यस्त्विह वै भूतानामीश्वरोपकल्पितवृत्तीनामविविक्तपरव्यथानां स्वयं पुरुषो...
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A question about blood sacrificial acts in Hinduism

You have many questions and let me answer each question. Actually, most of your questons are answered already on this site. As it is difficult to mark this question as exact duplicate, i am providing ...
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Do different forms of life have different value?

There are some streams of thought connected to rebirth which indicate higher value[1] of humans when they believe that bad Karma will result in you being reborn as a lower life form. There are some ...
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Why did Rama try to kill an innocent deer just for its skin?

Isn't killing a deer for its golden skin unjustified? In Rāma's case, it's not unjustified. Revealing her second boon to Daśaratha, Kaikeyī says the following: नव पञ्च च वर्षाणि दण्डकारण्यमाश्रितः ...
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How do Gaudiya Vaishnavas justify their strict adherence to ahimsa, vegetarianism, etc. when Krishna himself didn't advocate these?

I will try to clear your confusions line by line. Gaudiya Vaishnavas claim that they follow the supreme Godhead Krishna They don't, They follow instructions of Krishna in Gita. Krishna indeed said ...
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Do scriptures provide any guidelines or any information for vegan puja and rites?

First of all, the definition of "cruelty-free" is much different in Hinduism, compared to the one envisaged by the modern notion of Veganism. When a Hindu takes the products from a cow, ...
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Does vyas bhasya of yogsutra 2/31 says to avoid follow violence and pashu bali?

anushAsanaparva CXV addresses the topic of violence in paSubandha but does not conclude with a prohibition of violence in animal sacrifices. Instead it calls for abstention from violence during ...
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Does vyas bhasya of yogsutra 2/31 says to avoid follow violence and pashu bali?

Hindu Shastras are many, not just Yoga sutra. The followers of the Shakta sect especially perform animal sacrifice because it is prescribed in the Shakta scriptures. Here I am giving references from ...
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Is deer (venison) prohibited?

I acknowledge @sv.'s answer on this topic as authoritative. Here is an additional reference for this issue, from the Manu Smriti: After death the guilt of one who slays deer for gain is not as (...
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Is deer (venison) prohibited?

The Mahābhārata says not only can deer be hunted but they can be consumed even without offering them to gods: Desirous of benefiting all men, the high-souled Agastya, by the aid of his penances, ...
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Does the concept of ahimsa make knowing and/or influencing thoughts, emotions and feelings of others paapam?

You might be referring to some techniques like NLP, Mind Control for Influencing other people. Influencing can't be bad unless you do it for your evil intensions. Everybody has been influenced ...
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What are the 29 tenets of the Bishnois?

Jambhoji showed the path of self-upliftment to men and women of every caste, class and varna and raised the lowly and fallen. Bishnoi Sampradaya is the path of Nivruti-means with the trend, which is ...
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