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Nitiśāstra literally means ‘the science of moral values or ethics’.
 
Nitiśāstra literally means ‘the science of moral values or ethics’.
  
Since nīti<ref>Nīti means moral values, code of conduct.</ref> had always been treated as a part and parcel of dharma<ref>Dharma means righteousness.</ref> and darśana<ref>Darśana means philosophical system.</ref> it has never been construed or presented as an independent branch of knowledge. Though every darśana has prescribed its own modes of spiritual practice, the nīti part of it is almost the same. The ten sāmānya-dharmas or the first two steps<ref>These steps are yama and niyama.</ref> of the aṣṭāṅgayoga of Patañjali<ref>He lived in 200 B. C.</ref> can epitomize the Nītiśāstra.
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Since nīti<ref>Nīti means moral values, code of conduct.</ref> had always been treated as a part and parcel of [[dharma]]<ref>[[Dharma]] means righteousness.</ref> and [[darśana]]<ref>[[Darśana]] means philosophical system.</ref> it has never been construed or presented as an independent branch of knowledge. Though every darśana has prescribed its own modes of spiritual practice, the nīti part of it is almost the same. The ten [[sāmānya]]-dharmas or the first two steps<ref>These steps are [[yama]] and [[niyama]].</ref> of the aṣṭāṅgayoga of [[Patañjali]]<ref>He lived in 200 B. C.</ref> can epitomize the Nītiśāstra.
  
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram [[Krishna]] Math, Bangalore
  
 
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[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]

Latest revision as of 16:19, 17 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Nitisastra, NitiZAstra, Nitishaastra


Nitiśāstra literally means ‘the science of moral values or ethics’.

Since nīti[1] had always been treated as a part and parcel of dharma[2] and darśana[3] it has never been construed or presented as an independent branch of knowledge. Though every darśana has prescribed its own modes of spiritual practice, the nīti part of it is almost the same. The ten sāmānya-dharmas or the first two steps[4] of the aṣṭāṅgayoga of Patañjali[5] can epitomize the Nītiśāstra.


References

  1. Nīti means moral values, code of conduct.
  2. Dharma means righteousness.
  3. Darśana means philosophical system.
  4. These steps are yama and niyama.
  5. He lived in 200 B. C.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore