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Towards Greater Glory and A happier Life

 

 5. Adjuncts

Is it enough if one just meditates twice a day or five times a day?

Not exactly. From times immemorial the sages and prophets have laid down what are called rules of conduct which a religious person should practise. While rituals and ceremonies may be dispensed with if found unnecessary and cumbersome, the rules of conduct have to be studied carefully and adopted as far as possible, because, by practising them, your capacity to meditate is enhanced.

Given below are the yamas, the do’s, and the niyamas, the dont’s, common to all aspirants no matter what formal religion they belong to:

Do not steal.

Do not kill.

Do not lie.

Do not be violent.

Do not commit adultery.

Do not indulge in intoxicants.

Eat in moderation—do not overeat.

Pray or meditate daily, if possible, twice a day.

Treat your parents and teachers with respect.

Lead a simple life.

Do some service to other human beings.

You’ll notice that all these precepts, if practised, are surely conducive to peace and tranquillity. If you steal, you always have the fear that you will be caught some time or the other. How can such a mind be calm and meditative?

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