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A Critical Survey of Indian Ethics

Ethics is the science that deals with right conduct or rules of conduct. Ethical principles are regulative in nature and they guide individuals to lead a righteous worldly life and finally assist them towards the attainment of moksha or liberation. This chapter includes a critical survey of some popular Indian ethical concepts.

Purusarthas and Varnasramadharma constitute the core of Hindu ethics. The Hindu moral thinkers framed the laws of life in such a way that all the energies of the individual would be spent towards elevating his life to a higher plane. Ethical life is the means to spiritual freedom as well as its expression on earth.1

Hindu ethics can be best understood by a reference to the synthesis ...

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