There are several founding principles or common values in Indian culture, these include:
• Tyaga, which is renunciation
• Dana, which is liberal giving
• Nishtha, which is dedication
• Satya, which is truth
• Ahimsa, which is non-violence
• Upeksha, which is forbearance
Respect is an extremely valued component of the everyday life of people in India. Children are taught from a very young age to always respect their elders. Even as adults, the elderly are still at the top of the totem pole. Children take care of their parents once they are adults, and their parents will most likely live with them until their lives have ended.
Family is also an extremely important component of Indian culture. Families are valued highly and are a part of an individual’s life until death. Often when people get married, they take in their older relatives and other relatives and provide support of them.
Indians seek harmony throughout life. They are concerned with “cosmic energy.”
Tying into the values of Indians is their religious beliefs. The most prominent religion in India is Hindu. Most of the values mentioned derive from the specific beliefs of Hindus. Hindus value their gods and worship a variety of gods and goddesses. They believe in reincarnation, with good karma, are reborn into a higher caste or even as a God. Bad Karma can result in being reborn into a lower caste or even as an animal. The ultimate goal of a Hindu is to reach “nirvana”. Nirvana is the releasing of the soul from a cycle of reincarnations or rebirths. Hindus also believe