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The Moral Order and its Upholders

by Sangharakshita

Chapter 12 of the Sutra concerns divine kingship, setting out the origins and duties of those who govern. The emergent theme is that the social order should also be a moral order in which people take responsibility for their actions and the consequences of their actions.

Talk given in 1976.

This talk is part of the series Transformation of Life and World in the Sutra of Golden Light.

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1. Introduction (17:07) 
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2. The Two Divine Kings (6:38) 
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3. Brahma's reply to the Four Great Kings (8:41) 
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4. Devas ('gods') (5:51) 
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5. Why kings are addressed as 'deva' (6:24) 
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6. Removing evil deeds and doing good deeds (3:17) 
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7. Social order is moral order (15:02) 
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8. What happens when moral order collapses? (6:00) 
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9. Today's moral order and its restoration (7:46) 
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10. What happens when moral order is upheld? (4:41) 
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11. Concluding verse of the Sutra (1:41) 


Total running time: 1:23:08

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