What is virtue? It is not to kill, For killing causes every ill. The chief of all codes ever written Is to share your food and protect all life. The first and foremost good is 'Non killing'. Next to it in rank comes 'Not lying'. What is the perfect path? It is the path of avoiding killing anything. Of all who renounce fearing instability, the foremost is he Who avoids killing fearing murder. Death that eats up life spares the breath of him Who puts no life to death. Avoid removing the dear life of another Even when your own life is under threat. However great its gains, The wise despise the profits of slaughter. Men who practice slaughter as a profession Are placed amongst men of disgrace. A deprived life of diseased bodies, they say, Comes from depriving the life of another.