Hi I am asking this question for a school essay, and the topic is. "There is no such thing as a good person, Discuss". I am exploring the viewpoints of different religions and philosophies on this topic and would like to hear an answer from Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism etc. I have researched concepts such as Atman, karma, Anatta etc and how they would relate. I would like more clarification on someone more knowledgeable. thanks.


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Yes, there is a concept of a good person in Hindu scriptures.

In the Bhagavad Gita, 16th chapter, Lord Krishna lists out the qualities of a person born with divine nature (good person).

16.1 The Blessed Lord said - Fearlessness, purity of mind, persistence in knowledge and yoga, charity and control of the external organs, sacrifice, (scriptural) study, austerity and recititude...

16.2 Non-injury, truthfulness, absence of anger, renunciation, control of the internal organ, absence of vilification, kindness to creatures, non-covetousness, gentleness, modesty, freedom from restlessness;...

16.3 Vigour, forgiveness, fortitude, purity, freedom from malice, absence of haughtiness-these, O scion of the Bharata dynasty, are (the qualities) of one born destined to have the divine nature.


Yes. In Tamil language a very good person is denoted by the word Nambi. Nambi means personification of all virtuous and righteous qualities blended with beauty and grace1. Many Sri Vaishnavas (including Lord Vishnu) have been given this title over the last few centuries in Southern India.

Some famous examples are Manakkaal Nambi, Thirukkoshtiyur Nambi, Periyanambi, and Vaishnava Nambi.

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