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The Hindu way of life

The Hindu way of life

To practice the spirituality stipulated in the Sanatan faith (Hinduism) one need to adopt a life style that can elevate a person from a lower level to a higher platform. This ascendency, step by step, is the basics of spirituality.

Sanatan faith advice people to imbibe the following Eight basic principles in daily life, which one may call as ‘Hindu way of life’.

1. Sam- Meaning equality. A Hindu must look at everyone and everything around him in an equal manner. Every living creatures or inert matter comes from the creator and we, the human being are just a part of it. So, not to discriminate when it comes to human being, animals, even small subhuman creatures, trees and plants, forces and matters of the nature. Not to hurt anyone or anything as like us they are part of a huge creation which we may not perceive all in our limited senses and intellect.

2. Yam- Meaning inner control. A Hindu must practice to keep a control in every aspect of life and intrinsic instincts. Food habits, enjoyment, accumulation of wealth, greed, lust, anger, despondence (Moh) etc must be kept under strict control as these are the tendencies that make our life measurable and takes us to the brink of deep cliff of unhappiness.

3.Niyam- Meaning rules and regularity. A Hindu, in his/her daily life must follow certain good principle (as advised in the scriptures) ; practice those principles strictly and with utmost regularity. Puja, taking food, relaxation, reading scriptures must be done with regularity and with discipline.
4.Souch – ‘Cleanliness is Godliness’ should be one of the basic principle of a Hindu way of life. Need to be mindful about not only the external cleanliness but also the inner cleanliness. Regular bath, keeping the surrounding clean, wearing clean dresses are the external cleanliness. But, if the thought process, inner mind remains loaded with uncontrolled desires , greed ,lust, jealousy, hatred and despondence, then the person is ugly. For such a person, where he/she lives or goes he/she carries ugliness, dirt and garbage with him/her.

5. Swadhya- Studying spiritual scriptures, listening to spiritual discourses and attending spiritual assembly on a daily basis is a must for a Hindu. Spirituality and its practice is such a faculty that once it is not known properly it can never be practiced. An ignorant person can never be a spiritualist. Without being a true devotee one can never make contact with the Almighty and without knowing him theoretically one can never be a true devotee. Devotion never flows in mind if one does not know the ‘subject of devotion’ properly. Love only becomes perfect when the lovers know each other properly.

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6. Achourya – Not to steal anything. Whatever does not legally belong to you, never take that for you. Do not accumulate wealth for which you never worked for.

7. Aparigraha – Never accept anything even if it is a gift, from anyone. Once you accept any gift from anyone your mind automatically becomes grateful to that person and you become obligated to do something for him in return, may be an improper future request to fulfil. It is a necessary avoidable hazard that saves us from lot of trouble and keeps your mind free from any obligation to anyone. An obligated mind is a demeaned mind and very much unsuitable for spiritual practice.

8. Nidhidhyasana- Meditating on the nature of this creation, its creator, about our relationship with our surroundings and try to feel as one with the ‘Universal energy’ that flows in this universe. This Universal energy, the creative energy that binds us together, we must understand that and try to remain ‘connected’ with the flow of the universal energy. Through this daily meditation, we must try to feel that universal energy, which is nothing but what we call Iswara. This daily practice, for certain period, seating in a quiet corner of the house is absolutely necessary for the elevation in spiritual life.

Regular practice of meditation, to be ‘connected’ is the absolute need for spirituality, the Hindu way of life. But ,unless preceding seven principles are followed strictly and regularly, proper concentration of mind for the meditation is not possible.

So, try to be a Hindu by practice and not by name.
By Dr.M K Debnath

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