Nitiśāstra

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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Nitisastra, NitiZAstra, Nitishaastra


Nitiśāstra (‘the science of moral values or ethics’)

Since nīti (moral values, code of

conduct) had always been treated as a part and parcel of dharma (righteousness) and darśana (philosophical system), 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 (yama and niyama) of the aṣṭāṅgayoga of Patañjali (200 B. C.) can epitomise the Nītiśāstra.

See also DHARMA and NĪTI.


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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Nitiśāstra (‘the science of moral values or ethics’) Since nīti (moral values, code of conduct) had always been treated as a part and parcel of dharma (righteousness) and darśana (philosophical system), 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 (yama and niyama) of the aṣṭāṅgayoga of Patañjali (200 B. C.) can epitomise the Nitiśāstra. See also DHARMA and NĪTI.