Here’s something for the start of the week, something that everyone can embrace to (without the need to change religion)…
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Lies within the Vedas are the common-sense code of conduct recorded in the Upanishads, the final section of the Vedas. The code of conduct dictates 10 restraints, namely:-
The first restraint, Noninjury (ahimsa) – not injuring or harming others by thought, word, or deed
The second restraint, Truthfulness (Satya) – refraining from lying and betraying promises
The third restraint, Nonstealing (asteya) – neither stealing nor coveting nor entering into debt
The fourth restraint, Sexual Purity (brahmacharya) – divine conduct, controlling lust by remaining celibate when single leading to faithfulness in marriage
The fifth restraint, Patience (kshama) – restraining intolerance with people and impatience with circumstances
The sixth restraint, Steadfastness (dhriti) – overcoming non-perseverance, fear, indecision, inconstancy and changeableness
The seventh restraint, Compassion (daya) – conquering callous, cruel and insensitive feelings toward all beings
The eighth restraint, Honesty (arjava) – straightforwardness, renouncing deception and wrongdoing
The ninth restraint, Moderate Diet (mitahara) – neither eating too much nor consuming meat, fish, fowl or eggs.
The tenth restraint, Purity (saucha) – avoiding impurity in body, mind and speech
Read here for more explanation and details
Vedas are at least 4,000 years old and known to be one of the oldest sacred texts and despite the age, the code of conduct laid in the Vedas is pretty much still relevant for today.
I guess it is because at end of the day, we are only humans. Similar code of conduct is also found in other religions – it is just a matter whether we want to understand and embrace them.