In Chapter 16 of the Bhagavad Geeta, Shri Krishna describes 26 qualities possessed by saintly people. Cultivating these qualities by practicing sadhna is important for all devotees for it helps in making spiritual progress. We will talk about them in this series:
1. Abhayam (Fearlessness) - As a person makes spiritual progress, he becomes more and more comfortable with the fact that God is the pilot of his life. He becomes less worried about the day-to-day struggles. Prayer not only leads to detachment but also removes fear from the heart.
2. Sattva Sanshuddhih (Purity of Thoughts) - Prayer helps a devotee focus on internal purification. Since all thoughts originate from the mind, prayer helps in generating positive and pure thoughts, which results in more positive and good actions.
3. Gyan Yoga-Vyavasthitih (Discipline in following the Spiritual Path) - It is important for a devotee to regularly listen to spiritual knowledge and use that knowledge for regular introspection. It is only when we forget spiritual knowledge that we commit wrong actions.
4. Daanam (Charity) - Devotion leads to compassion and the devotee genuinely experiences the pain of others. He also becomes detached from the material world and no longer caters to desires but only to needs. It becomes important for him to give charity.