Many nondual teachers don’t put much attention on ethics. Unless asked…I often don’t talk about ethics either. Usually, it is assumed you are already fairly ethical. I don’t know of many people with an interest in nonduality who are not ethical, because nonduality is not the first stop of the spiritual journey for most people. Often, people have been spiritual seekers for years before they encounter nondualism. In my experience, spiritual seekers tend to have higher ethical standards than the rest of the population.
Furthermore, for those who have awakened (jnanis)…ethics is not something that is really thought about. You act from your being. Many would call it ethical behavior, but the jnani is not trying to be ethical. A code of ethics, you see, are the rules given to people who don’t know how to act. The truly wise have no need for ethics.
Let us go back to – many would call the actions of a jnani ethical behavior. As there is no other…would actions be malicious or benevolent? Even people who identify with their body/mind…would not typically put themselves in harms way. You don’t see a lot of people cutting off their own fingers or flaying their own skin off. I had to go extreme in hopes you would see my point…but we typically try to be very kind to ourselves. Most people will say I want what is best for me….I want to improve myself…I want to be happy…I want to love and for me to be loved. What happens when this I/me/myself is the Self? There is the Self and no other…so what happens when the same benevolence for the self is applied to the Self?
The Self and no other…this is the realization and understanding. From this realization and understanding, more is derived. For example, harmony is preferred in music. We don’t like to listen to dissonance and out of tune instruments. The body/mind is but one instrument in the great symphony that you are. So it would stand to reason that this body/mind would act in harmony with the whole/Self. As this understanding of harmony and dissonance deepens, violence (the ultimate dissonance) becomes less and less an option. Not because it is wrong. Not because it is bad. Not because it may be unethical. Simply because harmony is preferable.
Lies and deception also tend to fall away. You would only be lying to yourSelf. There is the Self and no other. So who is deceiving whom? I, for one, do not care for self-deception. No one who awakenings cares for self-deception, because he or she remembers how much suffering came from the self-deception of believing in a “me”. Deception brings suffering. Lies bring suffering. Why add more illusion and delusion?
As there is the Self and no other, the jnani wants to strengthen or better the Self. Lies cause a weakening. Applied kinesiology (AK), which is also know as muscle strength testing, can be performed to show that when someone lies they physically become weaker. Dissonance also causes weakening…play dissonant noise and you are weaker…play harmonious music and you are stronger. Love and hate does the same…malicious thoughts weakens us while benevolent thoughts strengthens us. As there is the Self and no other, it could be said that love, truth, and harmony strengthen the Self and thereby help/heal the world. However, hate, lies, and dissonance weaken the Self and thereby harm the world. From this understanding, one would not lie…not because it is ethically questionable…but because it harms oneSelf.
Ultimately, a jnani simply helps the Self. This helping is not from the standpoint of missing something or needing to complete the Self. The Self is complete and without need. The Self is changeless and ever-changing. In neither being attached to form or attached to emptiness, you see that form is form and emptiness is emptiness. And so, there is the ability to help…Self-help. Helpfulness springs from a jnani’s being…as the Self. It is not what a jnani does, but what a jnani is.