CHAPTER - 4. HINDU ETHICS-5.
5. Ethical Codes In Hinduism :
Hindu ethics is superb. Hinduism lays great emphasis on ethical discipline.
Yama (self-restraint) and Niyama (religious observances or canons) are the foundations of Yoga and Vedanta.
Undeveloped persons cannot think for themselves.
Hence rules of conduct have been laid down by great sages or seers like Manu and Sage Yajnavalkya.
Lord Krishna says in the Gita: “Let the scriptures be thy authority in determining what ought to be done or what ought not to be done.
Knowing what hath been declared by the ordinances of the scriptures, thou oughtest to work in this world” (Ch. XVI-24).
The Smritis written by Yajnavalkya, Manu and other sages distinctly prescribe the rules of conduct.
As you have not got the power nor the time to think of the moral principles and rules given in the scriptures, you can get them from the sages and saints and follow them to the very letter.
To be continued ..