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Ethics and Community

Community Organization

Hindu communities are organized in part by caste (as well as class, which is more of an economic than a religious categorization) and in part by sectarian affiliation.


Brahmins are members of the priestly caste of Hinduism. They have traditionally been the sole keepers of the Vedas and performers of the rituals of Hindus. There are, however, several different sorts of religious leaders in Hinduism.

Principles of Moral Thought and Action

Dharma and karma are the underlying principles of nearly all conceptions of morality and ethics in Hinduism.

Vision for Society

The Hindu understanding of the ideal society is that it must be coherently and cohesively organized and maintained to promote order, dharma.

Gender and Sexuality

As with so much else in the Hindu social and ethical world, gender and sexuality are governed by the overarching concept of dharma.