Social Norms

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Social Norms
Speaker Shrii Shrii Anandamurti
Time 1978
Place Patna
Included in Ananda Marga Caryacarya Part 2
Location in Sarkarverse
SVmap LiteraryWorks.png

Social Norms is the 8th chapter of Ananda Marga Caryacarya Part 2 written by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti. In this chapter he instructed social norms and etiquettes one should follow in society.[1]

Chapter synopsis

In this chapter is a list of the 39 social norms that were given by Anandamurti in about 1975 (while he was incarcerated).


No. Topic Description
1 Thanking someone One should offer thanks to someone from whom he or she it taking service. He or she may do it by saying the words "Thank you".
2 Replying to Namaskara One should quickly reply to someone’s namaskara in a similar way.
3 Mudra for receiving or offering something One should receive or offer something with the following mudrá: extend the right hand, touching the right elbow with the left hand.
4 Standing up to show respect One has to stand up if any respectable elderly person approaches him.
5 Yawning While yawning, one has to cover his or her mouth, and at the same time make a snapping sound with his or her fingers.
6 Respectful words for absent person While talking, one has to always use respectful words about someone who is absent.
7 Covering mouth before sneezing One should cover his or her mouth properly before sneezing.
8 Washing hands One should wash his or hands after
Cleaning the nasal duct<br/While distributing food, if he or she coughs or sneezes
9 Body cleaning after passing stool After passing stool, one has to wash his or her hands with soap, rubbing the soap in the right hand first, and then cleaning the left hand with the right.
10 Seeking permission One should seek permission before entering a place where few people are talking.


No. Topic Description
11 Organizational talk in transport One should not engage in private (organizational) talk in a train, bus or other public transportation.
12 Taking someone else's article One should not take another’s article without his or her prior consent.
13 Using someone else's belonging One should use anything that belongs to someone else.
14 Usage of pinching words While talking one should not hit someone else with harsh or pinching word. It can be said indirectly.
15 Criticizing others One should not indulge himself or herself criticising others' faults or defects.
16 Procedure of going to a meeting with office personnel When someone is going to meet an office personnel, he or she should seek prior permission, or send his or her identity card, or get verbal permission.
17 Reading someone else's personal letter One should not read someone else' personal letters.
18 Conversation procedure While doing conversation, one should give scope to others to express their views.
19 Listening to someone When a person is listening to someone, he or she should make a mild sound now and then to indicate that he or she is listening properly.
20 Talking to someone When talking to someone, one should not turn his eyes or face elsewhere.


No. Topic Description
21 Sitting in a zamindary posture One should not sit in a zamindary posture, and dance his or feet in a silly way.
22 Respecting others' privacy If someone one person is going to speak with is writing at the time, he should not look at his or her writing paper (or communications medium).
23 Putting fingers in mouth
Cutting fingernails with teeth
One should not put his or her fingers in mouth.
One should not cut nails with teeth
24 Unable to understand conversation If during conversation someone fails to understand the conversation, he or she should humbly say "Excuse me!"
25 Inquiring about health When someone is inquiring about health, the person asked, should thank the person cordially.
26 Going to someone's house after 9:00 pm One should not go to someone else's house or call him or her after 9:00 pm
27 Conveying something negative If someone wants to convey something negative, he or she should start with "Excuse me".
28 Washing hands and feet before meal One should wash hands and feet before taking meal.
29 Taking honey If someone wants to take honey, it should be taken with water.
30 Talk standing before eating person One should not talk standing before a person who is eating.


No. Topic Description
31 Sneezing or coughing at the dining table One should not sneeze or cough at the dining table.
32 Offering food dish with left hand One should not offer someone else a food dish with his or her left hand.
33 Body position while taking drink shower or bath One should not take drink, shower or bath from a standing position.
34 Body position while passing urine or stool One should not pass urine or stool from a standing position.
35 Type of foods in relation to the activity of nostrils When someone's left nostril is active, he or she should take liquid food and if right nostril is active he or she should take solid food
36 Id́á nád́ii's activity and Sadhana When someone's id́á nád́ii is working predominantly, he or she should utilize the time for sádhaná.
37 Offering drinking glass One should offer drinking glass by touching only its lower portion.
38 Process of serving drinking glass to people When someone is serving drinking glass to people, he or she should first wash the glass with the help of your fingers, then without the help of his or her fingers, then fill it with water.
39 Sweating while eating If someone is sweating very much at the time of eating, he or she should wash the sweat with the help of a handkerchief.


Preceded by
Sixteen Points
Ananda Marga Caryacarya Part 2
With: Social Norms
Succeeded by
Concluding Words