A Description of Various Vows
Acharya Tulsi pandered over the malady prevailing in modern society and struck at its roots. He adopted a radical approach to the problem. He feels that if an individual is morally awakened and if he volunteers to follow the moral code of conduct based on the atomic vows, this will naturally lead to the purification of society and to that of the world in the end. It is the only way to eliminate violence in the world and to remove the threat of a nuclear holocaust which is still staring the people in the face. With the passage of time the original draft underwent many changes. The modified code is being produced for the benefit of readers.
- To inspire people to observe self-restraint irrespective of their caste, colour, creed, country or language.
- To establish the values of friendship, unity, peace and morality.
- To create a society free from all kinds of exploitation.
- To inspire a maximum number of people to be ANUVRATIs. (Those who pledge themselves to observe basic vows in their daily life)
- To bring about a revolution in thinking and action.
All those who believe in leading a pure life will be entitled to become ANUVRATIs.
The Directive Principles of ANUVRAT
- Developing human unity
- Developing the feeling of co-existence
- Developing rectitude of behaviour
- Developing the technique of introspection
- Developing right standards in society
- Developing trust in the purity of means
- Developing will-power and self-restraint
- Developing communal harmony
- Developing inner purity
- Developing fearlessness, objectivity and truthfulness
- Developing non-attachment
- Developing an awareness of the limits of individual possession and consumption
- Developing a process of bringing about transformation of consciousness and emotional state.
ANUVRAT’S CODE OF CONDUCT
(A global ethic based on basic or small vows)
ANUVRAT MOVEMENT exhorts people to live the good life by committing themselves to the observance of the following eleven vows. The Movement is a network of self-transformed people who volunteer to lead a lifestyle rooted in ethical conduct conducive to environmental and ecological harmony. Anyone who accepts the following basic vows becomes a member of the Movement irrespective of his caste, creed, religion and nationality automatically. Those who respond to our invitation to join ANUVIBHA are expected to follow the vows gradually. In the beginning they may observe some vows and then try to practise more.
- I will not kill any innocent creature.
- I will not commit suicide.
- I will not commit foeticide.
- I will not attack anybody.
- I will not support aggression.
- I will endeavour to bring about world peace and disarmament.
- I will not take part in violent agitations or in any destructive activities.
- I will believe in human unity.
- I will not discriminate on the basis of caste, colour, creed etc., nor will I treat anyone as an untouchable.
- I will practise religious tolerance.
- I will not rouse sectarian frenzy.
- I will observe rectitude in my dealings with other people.
- I will not harm others in order to serve any ends.
- I will not practise deceit.
- I will set limits to the practice of continence and acquisition.
- I will not resort to unethical practices in elections.
- I will not encourage socially evil customs.
- I will lead a life free from addictions.
- I will not use intoxicants like alcohol, hemp, heroin,tobacco, etc.
- I will do my best to refrain from such acts as are likely to cause pollution and harm the environment.
- I will not cut down trees.
- I will not waste water.
The International Code of Conduct
- No country should commit aggression against another country.
- No country should try to occupy the territory or grab the property or another country.
- No country should interfere in the internal affairs of another country.
- No country should try to impose its form of government or ideology on another country.
- In the event of differences between them countries should adopt a policy or reconciliation.
- There must be efforts to bring about disarmament.
- Developed countries must have goodwill towards under-developed countries.
- I will practice Preksha Meditation.
- I will have a reconciliatory attitude for the sake of a peaceful domestic life.
- I will practice restraint in individual possession and consumption.
- I will exercise control over eating.
- I will practice diligence, self-reliance and simplicity