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03-04-2014, 11:57 AM
Herewith are ancient Vedic principles from humanity’s most profound
faith, preserved and collected over five thousand years ago; almost all
of the principles are prescribed for practice by the major religions and
faiths of the world.

Hinduism's Code of Conduct

Ten Vedic Restraints

1 - Noninjury, Ahimsa

Practice noninjury, not harming others by thought, word or deed, even
in your dreams. Live a kindly life, revering all beings as expressions of
the One Divine energy. Let goof fear and insecurity, the sources of
abuse. Knowing that harm caused to others unfailingly returns to
oneself, live peacefully with God’s creation. Never be a source of
dread, pain or injury. Follow a vegetarian diet.

2 - Truthfulness, Satya

Adhere to truthfulness, refraining from lying and betraying promises.
Speak only that which is true, kind, helpful and necessary. Knowing
that deception creates distance, don’t keep secrets from family or
loved ones. Be fair, accurate and frank in discussions, a stranger to
deceit. Admit your failings. Do not engage in slander, gossip or
backbiting. Do not bear false witness against another.

3 - Nonstealing, Asteya

Uphold the virtue of nonstealing, neither thieving, coveting nor failing
to repay debt.Control your desires and live within your means. Do not
use borrowed resources for unintended purposes or keep them past
due. Do not gamble or defraud others. Do not renege on promises. Do
not use others’ names, words, resources or rights without permission
and acknowledgement.

4 - Divine Conduct, Brahmacharya

Practice divine conduct, controlling lust by remaining celibate when
single and faithful in marriage. Before marriage, use vital energies in
study, and after marriage in creating family success. Don’t waste the
sacred force by promiscuity in thought, word or deed. Be restrained
with the opposite sex. Seek holy company. Dress and speak modestly.
Shun pornography, sexual humor and violence.

5 - Patience, Kshama

Exercise patience, restraining intolerance with people and impatience
with circumstances. Be agreeable. Let others behave according to their
nature, without adjusting to you. Don’t argue, dominate conversations
or interrupt others. Don’t be in a hurry. Be patient with children and
the elderly. Minimize stress by keeping worries at bay. Remain poised
in good times and bad.

6 - Steadfastness, Dhriti

Foster steadfastness, overcoming nonperseverance, fear, indecision
and changeableness. Achieve your goals with a prayer, purpose, plan,
persistence and push. Be firm in your decisions. Avoid sloth and
procrastination. Develop willpower, courage and industriousness.
Overcome obstacles. Never carp or complain. Do not let opposition or
fear of failure result in changing strategies.

7 - Compassion, Daya

Practice compassion, conquering callous, cruel and insensitive feelings
toward all beings. See God everywhere. Be kind to people, animals,
plants and the Earth itself. Forgive those who apologize and show true
remorse. Foster sympathy for others’ needs and suffering. Honor and
assist those who are weak, impoverished, aged or in pain. Oppose
family abuse and other cruelties.

8 - Honesty, Arjava

Maintain honesty, renouncing deception and wrongdoing. Act
honorably even in hard times. Obey the laws of your nation and locale.
Pay your taxes. Be straightforward in business. Do an honest day’s
work. Do not bribe or accept bribes. Do not cheat, deceive or
circumvent to achieve an end. Be frank with yourself. Face and accept
your faults without blaming them on others.

9 - Moderate Appetite, Mitahara

Be moderate in appetite, neither eating too much nor consuming meat,
fish, shellfish, fowl or eggs. Enjoy fresh, wholesome vegetarian foods
that vitalize the body. Avoid junk food. Drink non-alcoholic beverages
in moderation. Eat at regular times, only when hungry, at a moderate
pace, never between meals, in a disturbed atmosphere or when upset.
Follow a simple diet, avoiding rich or fancy fare.

10 - PURITY , SAUCHAPPurity, Sauchaurity, Saucha

Uphold the ethic of purity, avoiding impurity in mind, body and speech.
Maintain a clean, healthy body. Keep a pure, uncluttered home and
workplace. Act virtuously. Keep good company, never mixing with
adulterers, thieves or other impure people. Keep away from
pornography and violence. Never use harsh, angered or indecen


04-04-2014, 03:56 AM
You can say that these are the TEN COMMANDMENTS of Hinduism for all humanity for their well-being and peaceful and healthy co-existence. How right they were millennia in advance.
Thanks for a nice post.
If everyone tries to follow these, there will be less strife,wars,corruption crime and happy life for everyone.
Hope to read many more of such things in this forum,Sir,