Jiva Karunya Panchakam (Five verses on Kindness to life)

  1. All are of one Self-fraternity.

    Such being the dictum to avow,

    In such a light how can we take life,

    And devoid of least pity go on to eat?

  2. The non-killing vow is great indeed,

    And, greater still, non-eating to observe;

    All in all. should we not say, Oh men of righteousness,

    Even to this amounts the essence of all religions?

  3. If killing were applied to oneself,

    Who, as a favour, would treat such a dire destiny?

    As touching all in equality, Oh ye wise ones,

    Should that not be our declaration for a regulated life?

  4. No killer would there be if no other to eat there was

    Perforce, himself must eat!

    In eating thus abides the cruder ill than in killing

    In that it killing makes.

  5. Not killing makes a human good -

    Else an animal's equal he becomes.

    No refuge has the taker of life,

    Although to him all other goods accrue.