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The Ten

  1. Rise before dawn and offer your prayer and meditation at a fixed hour, preferably completing them before sunrise. Have a separate place and seat for meditation. As far as possible, develop the habit of sitting in one and the same pose. Give special attention to purity of body and mind.

  2. Begin your meditation with a prayer for spiritual elevation. Offer your prayer in such a way that the heart is filled with love.
  3. Fix your Goal, which should be complete oneness with God. Rest not till the ideal is achieved.
  4. Simplify your life so as to be identical with Nature.
  5. Always be truthful, accept miseries as coming from God for your own good and be thankful.
  6. Know all people as thy brethren and treat them as such.
  7. If you are feeling wronged by anyone, do not wish for revenge. Instead, think this comes from God and be grateful.
  8. Be happy to eat in constant Divine thought whatever you get, with due regard to honest and pious earnings.
  9. Mould your behaviour and way of living to such a high order as to rouse a feeling of love and piety in others.
  10. At bedtime, feeling the presence of God, repent for any wrongs committed. Beg forgiveness in a supplicant mood and prayerfully resolve not to allow repetition of the same

Balancing Material and Spiritual Lives

Contrary to the popular myth, it is not at all necessary to neglect our physical and material existence to succeed on the spiritual path. All that we seek to do is to normalize each of our functions without atrophy of any of them.

Master says, “If the material life is leading us astray and away from our goal, then obviously it is our fault in not living the material life in the appropriate fashion. So all that we have to do to get back on to our path is to restore the proper “balance” to our life, whereby the two halves of existence are harmonized and in equilibrium.”

Asceticism is as wrong, and as unnatural, as a totally materialistic way of life is. We are unsafe even from our neighbors in today’s situation and under today’s fantastic technological advances. This is one of the chief reasons why we should strive to attain inner balance, inner perfection, and inner morality.

Education is a tool. Without education we can do very little. But education must be balanced by inner tendencies, which must show us how this vital tool should be utilized. Intellect is a tool. Physical capacities too are tools. Like a carpenter, who uses his tools like a chisel, hammer, and a drill expertly towards a certain end, we too must use tools at our disposal to attain perfection. That is what we call striking a balance.

Spiritual Mother

If the disciple enters the mental sphere of the guru, surrendering all belongings to him, it takes only seven months to deliver him into the brighter world. But the process is generally delayed for a considerable time because while living in the guru’s mental sphere, the disciple retains the consciousness of his own thoughts and feeling. Thus we find that the position of a guru is much the same as that of a mother. The conception of guru as a spiritual mother promotes in us feelings of love, reverence and surrender, which are the main factors of spiritual life.