The Relativity of Morals
Swami Kriyananda
April 17, 2012

Moral value is not relative, Swami Kriyananda explains, and uses examples to illustrate why this is so: because our moral choices effect who we are and who we become.

He also explores situations when moral choices may not be so straightforward.

Questions include:

  • Throughout the 20h century, truth was considered to be relative. My truth is different from your truth. Does that approach make sense?
  • If we were to devise a moral code, what would be a good starting place: the yamas and niyamas of the yogic teachings, the 10 Commandments…?
  • Are there limits to how much you should honor your father or mother?
  • Even in the 10 Commandments, there must be some relativity there — for example, “Thou shalt not kill” is one of the commandments, but what if you need to do so to defend your country or an innocent person?

Ask Me About Truth

Swami Kriyananda answers questions about truth and many spiritual subjects, as he learned about them directly from Paramhansa Yogananda. (These talks were recorded in 2012, before Swami Kriyananda's passing.)