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Ahimsa is the tenet of non-violence found in Indian religions. In Hinduism, it entails kindness and doing no harm to living things out of the belief that all beings are connected in Brahman, the fabric of absolute reality. Both verbal and physical violence create bad karma resulting in negative consequences for the soul that perpetrates them and should be avoided. However, Hindus hold that ahimsa does not always include justified warfare or the death penalty and allows for both under certain circumstances. Hinduism also honors the duties of warriors and soldiers and maintains the permissibility of self-defense. In general, the concept of ahimsa encourages vegetarianism, though many Hindus do eat meat, often refraining only from beef as cows because of their place of reverence in the tradition. Still, some Hindus argue that eating any meat is sinful.