By Swami Harshananda
Vidhi literally means ‘fate’, ‘rule’.
- Sāmānyavidhi - general rule
- Viśeṣavidhi - special or particular rule
The second one applies where the first one has to be set aside. For instance, ahiñsā is the highest virtue. This is the general rule. However, it does not apply to holy acts such as Vedic sacrifices where animals have to be immolated.
- Ahiñsā means non-injury or non violent.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore