Radha Madhav Society
Radha Madhav Society Apr 07, 2017
Words of Wisdom
Qualities of Saintly Souls III      


In Chapter 16 of Bhagavad Geeta, Shri Krishna describes 26 qualities possessed by saintly people. Cultivating these qualities by practicing devotion is important for a seeker for it helps in making spiritual progress. This is the third message in this series:
9. Aarjavam (Simplicity): A life of simplicity removes distractions that arise in daily life, preventing a devotee from making spiritual progress. By practicing discipline, taking time out for God, and not running after worldly pleasures a devotee moves towards the ultimate goal of finding true happiness.
10. Ahinsa (Non-Violence): Respecting life and all living things is one of the cornerstones of devotion. A devotee attempts to see God in everyone and works hard to ensure that his conduct and actions do not hurt anyone.
11. Satyam (Truthfulness): Practicing restraint in speech, working hard to ensure that facts are not distorted to further one's own interests, and staying away from gossip become important to a devotee.
12. Akrodh (Absence of Anger): Weeks and months of spiritual progress can be wiped out by a few actions that are performed when one is angry. By continuing to practice devotion and having steadfast faith in the will of God, a devotee gradually overcomes anger.


Didi Ji


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