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Friday, August 22, 2014

10 Keys For a Good Life

It's always encouraging to see that some things don't really ever change. Some truths have been truths for millennia. Reading an article about dharma this morning, I decided to refresh my memory about what its basic tenets are.

We could describe dharma (which forms an integral part of Hindu & Buddhist thought) as doing that which you are meant to do. Another way to describe it, in the words of David Simon, is: We know we are in dharma when we cannot think of anything else we would rather be doing with our life.

These are its tenets:
  1. Patience
  2. Forgiveness
  3. Self control
  4. Honesty
  5. Sanctity
  6. Control of senses
  7. Reason
  8. Knowledge or learning
  9. Truthfulness
  10. Absence of anger
It is not only a purely spiritual concept whose purpose is to unite the soul with the supreme reality, but also a more mundane concept that encourages a code of conduct which aims at the achievement of worldly joys and supreme happiness. Could you ask for more?

Is this not a philosophy on which to build your life - no matter what your spiritual inclination? Are these ten tenets not pathways, a tao, of sorts, where each leads - ultimately - to ever-growing and greater inner peace and well-being? Imagine working on any for a given month, starting today. And then on one of the others, while still incorporating your practice of whichever one you had already chosen to work on, and so on, such that in the space of a calendar year, you would have taken on the challenge of these tenets and made them an integral part of your life. Does that mean you would have conquered them? No. But they would form an essential part of the tapestry of your daily practice. They would be in your awareness at all times. Going to the gym every day is healthy and recommendable, practicing the guitar every day - should you wish to play it more competently is also wonderful and offers the possibility of magnificent results on many levels. So do these tenets, with perhaps one difference: the potential results they offer are farther reaching than perhaps anything else you can do for yourself, your community, and the world. Begin these changes in you and you begin to also change the world.


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