Thursday, July 27, 2006
Exception to the rule
* Ahimsa (non-violence) – based on the concepts of atman and reincarnation.
* Mind and sense control – considered essential for any form of morality.
* Tolerance – necessary in order to deal with inconveniences in the performance of one's dharma.
* Hospitality – demonstrating magnanimity, and the value of service (seva).
* Compassion – based on notions of atman, and the ability to feel for others as we feel for ourselves.
* Protection – an essential duty is to give shelter to others, especially those less fortunate.
* Respect – for all living beings and for the sanctity of all life.
* Wisdom – knowledge is contrasted with ignorance, the Hindu equivalent of the "good -evil" paradigm.
* Austerity – essential to gain wisdom in addition to mere theoretical knowledge.
* Celibacy – important for spiritual life. Only one of the four ashrams is permitted sexual gratification.
* Honesty – essential to build legitimate trust within relationships and to avoid self-deception.
* Cleanliness – includes external hygiene and inner purity; essential for brahmanas.
They were finally able to cough up a little pocket change.
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