Immoral Unethical Behaviour Hindu Texts Explanation

I have received  comment which highlights the seeming contradictions/immoral and unethical behaviour in the Hindu Puranas and Ithihasas.

Let me answer the general explanation and shall offer my views under each query in detail.

1. Hindu Puranas and Ithihasas are facts.

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As such there is no need to window dress events and characters.The facts are presented as they were.

Though there ideals in place for people to follow not all followed them.

2.According to indian texts the Yuga Dharma, values change with Time.

As society evolves behaviour changes and so are the norms of behaviour.

Sociologically speaking Polyandry was practiced so was polygamy. Later came one man one woman relationship.

At the same time people were practicing all this at the same time as it is even today.

3. There is a universal scheme of things. Human activities , seemingly independent have Butterfly effect in that any action by an individual has a ripple effect on others and the society.

Universe taken as a whole has a design though we may not be aware of it.

Universe is Teleological.

So an act meant  for the welfare of the society or the Universe may result in harming the bystander and others involved.

Humans in their arrogance believe that they are at the top of the totem pole of creation are yet to accept that they are pawns in the Universe’s scheme of things.

This is the import of Lord Krishna’s statement in the Bhagavad Gita that Dharma is ver difficult to define.

The seeming contradictions in Hindu texts can be seen in a different light with this perspective.
‘Respected Sir,

Why is that the Puranas are full of contradictions?

[1]Durvasa Munivar grants Kunti a boon-she can use the boon but she has to atone for it.

It is in the process of getting rid of Adharma and people who perpetrate it.

This is one such instance.

Durvasa’s act was for welfare of society and Kunti as a tool and as such has to atone.

If Lord Krishna wanted to get rid of Kauravas and other wicked people He could have easily done so within the batting of an eyelid.

He tried as much as possible to adhere to Dharma and when it was not possible He resorted to seemingly unethical means though they were for the welfare of Humanity.

So also Rama killed Vaali hiding behind Tree.

[2]Ambika and Ambalika can have children through sage Vyasa without marrying him just because he is the step brother in law born to sathyavathi before her wedding..It is sad that in the midst of all this Vidura is sidelined because his mother who co habited with sage Vysya is a maid. I thought The purana sons took the lineage of the father and not the mother.If that was the case Vichitravirya and chitraganda are fisherboys and not “Kuru Vansh ” princes.Like Yuyutsu and Vidura.

The caste is determined by attitudes and functions and not by birth though there are exceptions followed in exercising the Raja Dharma, Qualification and duties of Kings.

As Vidura’s mother was a maid and Pandu had a better qualification of being a Kshatriya had head start over Vidura.

And though eldest Dhritharashtra was denied the Throne because he was blind.

This was because a King is expected to be fully fit.

[3] Sathyavathi who is desperate tat her sons or grandsons or even great grandsons should sit on the throne at the cost of Bhishma does not have to atone for any sin.

As to Bhisma, it is because of his ptatignya not to marry so that his father Santanu could marry Satyavati.

So there is no sin involved in the case of Satyavati.

[4] The Kuru Vansh as it is called is continued after a certain stage through Vyasa’s Lineage and not through Shantanu’s.By logic,Vyasa is the the son of Sage Parashara. Thereby Ambika and Ambalikas sons are in the lineage of Sage Parashara..How can you call them Kuru Vansh?

Earliest progenitor was Kuru and hence his name was carried.

[4]With so much talk about atonement for sins,What is right and what is wrong?

It is difficult to define as Krishna says.

He says one has to follow what great sages said.

At the philosophical level there no Right and No Wrong.

Everything is relative.

The smooth functiong of society needs code of conduct.

For those who realize the Self these rules are irrelevant. 

They perform Nishkamya Karma.

[5] Yuyutsu’ is not born to Dhritarashtra but The former does not have to atone for any sin.

[6] The story of sathyavathi’s grandfather Vasu is strange.How he begets children while at penance in the forest is very difficult to comprehend and accept. even though the book gives the happening in detail.

Having sexual intercourse solely for progeny is not considered as a sin.

As a matter of record Hinduism does not call Sex as Sin.

It advocates moderation in everything and reminds one of the consequences of his act and its effects on his family and society.

[7]I am not even talking about the number of Pandava Wives apart from Draupadi

I have replied in the general comment.

[8] The story of Draupadi in her previous birth as Nalayini the wife of Sage Mauggalya should be followed by every “chaste” Indian woman,I suppose.

Value judgement of chastity is different in Hinduism. 

Of the seven Chaste women of Hinduism only Sita fits the bill

Please check my article on this.

[9] Chastity in those days was ONLY for women ,I think.


It was expected if men as well.

But being the torchbearers of culture women’s role was highlighted.

Men could have wives,girls,concubines,their maids and the works.If that;s not enough Maudgalya wanted his “chaste ” wife nalayini to carry him to a whorehouse.Is this a kind of joke?

Please check my general comment at the beginning of the article.

[10] I am not able to understand the stories of Brihaspathi and Mamatha.Did Brihaspathi do right according to the Vedas.

Please check my general comment at the beginning of the article.

The story of Sugreevan and Vali lusting for each other’s wives means its right for the man. You cannot say this example is 2 of a kind.We have the story of Devendra and Ahalya too.

The husband always punishes the wife severely for not being Chaste.

Please check my general comment at the beginning of the article.

11] All the ancient texts treat and refer to the widows like bad omens and fit to wear only dowdy dresses that is if they dare to live without burning on the funeral pyre.

This has no Vedic Sanction.

The Puranas Widowers are the celebrated species-It wedding time for them-Celebrations!


[12]I can go on with myb questions butI will be happy if you can give me answers to the above questions. behaviour.’

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Retired Senior Management Professional. Lectures on Indian Philosophy,Hinduism, Comparative Religions. Researching Philosophy, Religion. Free lance Writer.Blogger,Tedex Speaker

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