From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Vidhi literally means ‘fate’, ‘rule’.

This word is used to indicate Brahmā, the creator and also the fate in general sense. In the Purvamimānsā system it indicates a rule given by the Vedas. Such vidhis are of two kinds:

  1. Sāmānyavidhi - general rule
  2. Viśeṣavidhi - special or particular rule

The second one applies where the first one has to be set aside. For instance, ahiñsā[1] 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.


  1. Ahiñsā means non-injury or non violent.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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