MAN OF VIRTUE

February 10, 2012 Comments Off

He who is virtuous, who is kind on all occasions, and who is filled with compassion, obtains great contentment. He ascends the superior path of virtue. Harmlessness, forgiveness, peacefulness, contentment, agreeable speech, control of passions and excitements, the service of virtuous people, and actions in accordance with the injunctions of the sacred scriptures, constitute the superior path of virtue. He who daily worships the virtuous, can reach the eternal abode of wisdom.

He who has no liking for what is agreeable and no dislike for what is disagreeable, who practises self-restraint, who regards pleasure and pain as same, who injures no creatures and destroys no life – he is considered good and virtuous.

He who is devoted to the well being of all, who sacrifices his very life for others, who has truth for his refuge, who gives but does not take, who has mercy, who adores his elders, gods and guests, to whom good conduct is always dear, and who has no fear of the next world – he is regarded as good and perfect.

Such a promoter of virtue cannot be seduced from the path of virtue. He is fearless, tranquil, serene, full of mercy. He is adored by all the good people wherever they are. Such a man is not attached to worldly objects. Fear, lust, anger, restlessness and sorrow do not live in him.

Such a promoter of virtue never deviates from right¬eousness. He is not attached to anything. He is free from pride. He regards all impartially. Gain and loss, happiness and misery, the agreeable and the disagreeable, life and death, all are held in equal estimation by him. O man, always respect such a good and virtuous person. Serve him. Seek instruction from him.

Can you serve like Florence Nightingale? Can you obey like a soldier on the battlefield? Can you be generous like Ranti Deva? Can you spend sleepless nights in devotion to the Lord, like Mira? Can you do tapas (penance) like Dhruva? Can you stick to your convictions like Mansoor and Shams Tabriez? Can you be fearless like the sage who met Alexander the Great on the banks of the river Indus?

If you can say, `Yes’, to all these questions, you will have Self- realisation this very second. You will have contact with avataras (divine incarnations) and full blown yogis, this very second. First deserve and then desire.

- Swami Sivananda

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