Article: Aṇuvrat Movement

Contributed by Shivani Bothra

Further Aṇuvrat vows

An Indian government official talks on the phone. Aṇuvratīs – members of the Aṇuvrat Movement – take vows to improve their spirituality and those in certain occupations, such as civil servants and businessmen, must take extra vows.

Official on the phone
Image by lecercle – Akshay Mahajan © CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The core set of 11 Aṇuvrat vows is supplemented in certain circumstances.

In some cases there are specific sets of Aṇuvrat vows for certain groups of people. It is obligatory for an Aṇuvratī to observe those vows meant for his group in addition to the 11 vows which all Aṇuvratīs take.

Moreover, there is a specific set of rules for nation states, which are designed to reduce hostilities and foster peace.

Finally, the five vows of the Aṇuvrat Sādhanā were created to help practise Aṇuvrat.

Vows for certain groups

Certain social groups are given special sets of Aṇuvrat vows to help them overcome temptation in their everyday lives. The rules are intended to strengthen moral conduct and also reveal some practices that Ācārya Tulsi observed around him when he formulated the vows.

Aṇuvrat vows for specific groups

Social group

Vow

Students

I will:

  • not cheat in examinations
  • not take part in violent agitations and destructive activities
  • not use obscene language
  • not read pornographic literature
  • not watch obscene movies
  • not use intoxicants, such as alcohol
  • not use unethical practices in elections
  • be courteous towards my parents and teachers

Teachers

I will:

  • help as much in the building of my student’s character as in his or her mental development
  • not help students cheat in examinations
  • give no place to party politics in my educational institution
  • not encourage my students to take part in party politics
  • not use intoxicants
  • co-operate in expanding the Aṇuvrat Movement

Businessmen

I will not:

  • adulterate goods
  • sell counterfeit goods
  • use false weighing or measuring
  • trade in or undertake the import or export of goods and articles banned by the state
  • go back on my pledge to return articles in my custody or that are mortgaged by others
  • hoard items

Officials and employees

I will not:

  • accept bribes
  • abuse my authority
  • deliberately create delays or do injustice in the exercise of my duties
  • use intoxicants

Workers

I will:

  • work with dedication
  • not take part in violent agitations or destructive activities
  • neither drink nor smoke
  • not use intoxicants
  • not gamble

Peasants

I will not:

  • be cruel to the animals dependent on me
  • hoard item
  • use intoxicants

International Code of Conduct

The rules for nation states are intended to decrease possible causes of friction between countries.

This is a voluntary code.

Aṇuvrat Movement International Code of Conduct

 

Details

1

No country should commit aggression against another country

2

No country should try to occupy the territory or grab the property of another country

3

No country should interfere in the internal affairs of another country

4

No country should try to impose its form of government or ideology on another country

5

In the event of differences between them countries should adopt a policy of reconciliation

6

There must be efforts to bring about disarmament

7

Developed countries must have goodwill towards under-developed countries

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