The Facts on Hinduism in America (Harvest House, 1991) p. 31
Is morality a reflection of unenlightened consciousness?
Charles Manson once stated, “If God is One, what is bad?” Hinduism teaches that “God is One”—that ultimate reality is One impersonal, undifferentiated divine essence. What this means is that just as humanity itself is ultimately meaningless (as separate individual persons) then humanity’s morality must also be meaningless. Human morality is simply a product of “unenlightened” and “deluded” thinking; morality per se does not exist.
Thus in Hinduism in America we often find not only the rejection of the image of God in man concerning his personality, but also the attempt to defile the image of God in man concerning his morality—his conscience. “Moral” thinking is held to be as destructive of “higher” consciousness and true reality as any other binding and illusory activity.
But if we really believe that man as man is only an illusion, and that morality is irrelevant, then is it surprising to discover that those who hold such views are willing to accept the mistreatment, brutalization, or even demonization of other men and women?
While few disciples live these spiritual “truths” consistently, this Hindu philosophy can become the means to justify selfish, unethical, immoral, cruel, or evil behavior, particularly on the part of the guru who can view such actions through any number of alleged rationalizations.
*For full documentation, please see The Facts on Hinduism in America.