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Mahābhārata - Ahiṃsā The trait of sattva does not mean non-activity or lack of valour. The same can be said of ahiṃsā too. We have seen earlier that ahiṃsā is one of the first pre-requisites for the practise of yoga. It is not sufficient merely staying away from violence but one

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भूत्वा पौल्कसकात् प्रपद्य रजकानाभाष्य पौराणिकान् गानस्थानमुपेत्य चाशुकरणानालिङ्ग्य नत्वा कवीन् | वेश्यासद्मनि संप्रविश्य च गता वैद्यस्य पाणिग्रहं भूयो हन्त ! सुवर्णकारसदने सानन्दमास्ते मृषा ||   Naḍimiṇṭi Maṅgaleśvara-śāstri wanted to get some gold jewellery made for his daughter’s marriage and faced a lot of problems with his goldsmith. After having completed the marriage ceremony with some difficulties,

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चलितश्चकितश्छन्नः प्रयाणे तव भूपते । सहस्रशीर्षा पुरुषः सहस्राक्षः सहस्रपात् ॥ The king Shivasimha was mighty impressed with the poetic prowess of Shankaramishra, the sprightly boy he met on the streets, who was famous as a child prodigy by then. He invited him to the palace and asked him to compose poems. Many exquisite poems

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