Ethics as a discipline which mainly concerned itself with the study of human conduct. However, in Hindu ethics it is derived from certain spiritual and devotional way, which is to be observed consciously or unconsciously as long as man lives. Since, in the history of Hindu thought, ethics played an important role. It is practically impossible for anyone to imagine that Hindu religious system is apart from ethics. A calm and dispassionate studies about Hindu scriptures like the Gita, the Puran and the Ramayana and other sacred scriptures. will be convince to anyone that Hindu religion is full of Ethical values of life and it is practically inseparable from them, ultimately both are one. Several Hindu institutions were built upon the foundation of purely ethical values of life.
In the long run religion as an encounter of man with something in higher order of existence, in fact, philosophy as a reflection of phenomenon as a whole, and morality as a reflection of the phenomenon in social and personal code of conduct are deeply inter-connected. However, in Hinduism that ultimate goal of moral philosophy and religious activities is one. According to a true believer, the true progress in the domain of spirituality, the ethical conduct and philosophical knowledge are pivotal. Without ethics, religion become empty and ineffective. Conversely, without religious guidance the ethical endeavor are become meaningless.1 Thus, ethics and religion both go together.
Thus, the study of Hindu, ethics is paramount important, not only in Hinduism; but also to different race, creed he may belong. The real fact is that divine truth of our religion comes to us through human channels. However, our custom hobbit of the age, the scientific idea of time and the influence of modern culture and its practice, we are all forget them the social way of life. In view of this, we are injustice to our religious scripture; clinging to the imperiable part of it, and himself, creating a problem of our societies, state and nation.
Cite this article:
Satish Kumar. The Place of Ethics in Hinduism. Research J. Humanities and Social Sciences. 2(3): July-Sept., 2011, 84-88.