1. Dãmyata: -- Exercise self-control,
" 2. Datta: -- Be generous and giving,
" 3. Dayadhvamh: -- Be compassionate.
discipline of a Hindu is following Karma Yoga, which is work
or service without attachment to the benefits or work with self-control.
The higher phase of self-control is detachment. Not only do
we have to overcome what is evil in life, we must also become
independent of what is good. For instance, our love of home
and friends is good in itself, but unless we expand it to include
everything in the universe, it will be a shackle, even if it
does not imply disinterest in the changing world; it merely
shifts a person's frame of reference to the Reality that endures
forever, making his perception more objective, making him better
equipped for life. Karma Yoga does not mean inaction or avoiding
activity but performing action as a duty and as an offering
to the Supreme without looking for the results and benefits
out of such action. The fruits of action, if any, will be received
as a Prasãd or gift offered by the Divine.
as a cardinal virtue in Hinduism is far more than mere truthfulness;
it means eternal reality. Hinduism says that the pursuit of
Truth, wherever it may lead or whatever sacrifices it may involve,
is indispensable to the progress of man. Hence no Hindu scripture
has ever opposed scientific progress or metaphysical and ethical
and Non-violence are always associated with each other in the
Hindu scriptures, and are considered to be the highest virtues.
Mahãtma Gãndhi describes Hinduism as a quest for
Truth through Non-violence. This ideal is responsible for the
pacific character of Hindu civilization. Notice that, in order
to pursue non-violence, one must refrain from inflicting or
tolerating violence on oneself. Therefore, non-violence is not
passive resistance as many think: it is not the helplessness
of the weak, but the calm strength of the mighty.