Ratified into ISKCON law on August 21, 2021
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Exemplary ethical behavior is a symptom of one who has surrendered to Krishna. In chapter 12, the Gita lists the following description of a surrendered soul: not envious, friendly, compassionate, devoid of selfish interests, does not identify with the body, steady in happiness or distress, tolerant, forgiving, self-controlled, content and grateful, determined to remain on the spiritual path, modest, puts no one in difficulty, not disturbed by others or by fear or anxiety, pure of heart, equal to all, indifferent to honor and dishonor, avoids bad company and frivolous talk, wise, consistent, and always seeking to serve God and others. The Code of Ethical Behavior has been constructed on a foundation of these ethically exemplary qualities.
“Those who think that devotion to God and kindness to the jivas are mutually different from each other, and perform accordingly in their life, such persons will not be able to follow the devotional culture. Their performance is only a semblance of devotion.
Therefore, all the types of beneficence to others, like kindness, friendliness, forgiveness, charity, respect, etc. are included in Bhakti… Charity of medicines, clothes, food, water, etc. shelter during adversities, teaching of academic and spiritual education, etc. are the activities included in the devotional culture.”
(Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Sri Tattva-sutram, 35)
Honoring local and international laws
Treating other devotees with respect, care, and honesty
Avoiding inappropriate behavior
Avoiding discrimination based on personal bias
Presenting arguments in a respectful manner
Using good judgement in public forums