Wherever there is life, the soul is present, and the soul is a part of the Supreme Soul. Species other than humans may not share the same type of intellect as humans, but all sentient beings feel; that is, after all, what it means to be sentient. In their own ways and according to whatever body they inhabit, they enjoy and they suffer as we do. They also cherish their lives and in the case of many species, especially the ones we tend to eat, the lives of their offspring too. As the most developed of all forms of life, humans are meant to be caretakers of the environment and the world’s other living beings. Understanding and practicing this principle is ahimsa—not just nonviolence but empathy and compassion—and it is a basic tenet in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, sacred to the Bodhisattva dharma of Buddhism, and inherent within the Golden Rule of the Judeo-Christian faiths. It is also rominent in bhakti teachings. To be genuinely compassionate, to feel another’s suffering as your own, to make the serious, lifelong attempt, as far as possible, not to inflict pain on any living being, directly or indirectly, through our actions, words, or thoughts, is ahimsa.