Śiśtas; śistācāra

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Virtues of Śiśta[edit]

A Śiśta is the one who is well-trained in moral and ethical behavior, as described in the śāstras or scriptures. The code of conduct prescribed for him is Śiṣṭācāra. It comprises the following virtues:

  1. Satya - truth
  2. Tapas - austerity
  3. Dāna - giving gifts to the needy
  4. Alobha - absence of greed
  5. Vidyā - learning
  6. Ijyā - performing sacrifices
  7. Pujana - worshiping gods and elders
  8. Dama - self-control

Virtues as per Dharma[edit]

Other virtues mentioned in the works on dharma are:

  1. Absence of jealousy and egoism
  2. Freedom from hypocrisy, arrogance, delusion and anger
  3. Acquisition of Vedic wisdom as per the norms set by tradition

Source of Śiṣṭācāra[edit]

Śiṣṭācāra is also a source of dharma.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore