By Swami Harshananda
Sadācāra literally means ‘good conduct’.
Sadācāra is generally defined as the ācāra or conduct of śiṣtas or satpuruṣas or good persons. These śiṣtas have purified themselves by practicing the virtues ordained in the holy texts and by eschewing the ariṣaḍvargas. Whenever there is any doubt about one’s conduct in a particular situation in life, one should look at the conduct of these śiṣtas and follow them.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore