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Moral Codes of Ashoka


Ashoka in Rock Edict XII and many other edicts prescribes the following codes:

  • Obedience to mother and father, elders, teachers and other respectable persons.
  • Respect towards teachers
  • Proper treatment towards ascetics, relations, slaves, servants and dependents, the poor and miserable, friends, acquaintances and companions
  • Abstention from killing of living beings
  • Non-injury to all living creatures
  • Spending little and accumulating little wealth
  • Truthfulness
  • Purity of heart