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Three Principles to Follow for a Divine Life by Swami Chidananda

If you wish to enter into Divine Life you have to observe three principles of conduct and character in your day-to-day living in the secular world. They are indispensable requirements which form the foundation and basis of a Divine Life of service, worship, meditation and God-Realization. They are:

  • Kindness and compassion towards all, in thought, word and deed. This is ahimsa, or non-injury. Be a cosmic benefactor, having ceaseless love for all, even to the least of God’s creatures. Be a center of peace and happiness to all.

  • Be rooted in absolute truthfulness, even at the cost of your life. Absolute honesty and integrity for Truth is God. One established in Truth can attain God.

  • Purity of conduct and character, self-restraint, chastity and purity of feeling for all people; the overall control of the base aspects of your being.

Ever keep your mind on the supreme goal. Have absolute faith in your connection with God. See His invisible presence in and through all things in and around you, for He is present in all of creation.

In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna gives Arjuna a vision of the Truth of God as present, immanent in the entire universe, filling every atom of matter in this world. In this awareness go through all your activities as worship, offering them at His feet. Then to act becomes to adore.

Swami Chidananda

Source – Excerpts from a talk delivered at Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh - 11 Sept. 1984 and published by Sivananda Ashram