Everyday Dhamma !! May all beings of happy!!!
SHORT GUIDELINES FOR LEADING A SPIRITUAL LIFE
A Lotus grows out of the mud, yet its flower remains untouched, unaffected, unstained by the dirty mud and stagnant water. You are lay people; you live in the world and yet you can lead a spiritual life. It is Spiritual values that bring real beauty, colour and fragrance to human life. Without Spiritual values,Human life is like a flower tree, without Flowers!. Come, come my dear friends, come and plunge into the Spiritual life and realize the nature and beauty of life. Come, come, O! Travelers come and meditate seriously. You will cross the ocean of darkness and ignorance and will reach the light of truth.
a. 5 to 10 minutes of Prayer.
b. Undertaking Panca Sila, the 5 basic moral precepts, with full understanding. The moral precepts are the very foundation of spiritual life; no spiritual progress is possible without a strong foundation of morality.
c. 30 to 60 minutes of meditation (Samatha or Vipassana). Meditation practice is the very core of spiritual life. It is not possible to realize the Ultimate Truth without regular and proper practice of meditation. "What sun is to flowers, meditation is to the mind".
d. 5 minutes of Metta (loving-kindness) meditation Love is blissful, love unties, love elevates and love cures that most malignant of diseases, hatred. Develop pure love for all beings. Give love, live in love, fill your heart with compassionate love. Love is a panacea for all the ills of life. When your heart is full of love, the world is full of love. Radiate the brilliant light of love in all directions, outwards and unbounded.
Before going to sleep, meditate for 30 minutes. 15 minutes of reflection and assessment of the day - repenting the unwholesome and rejoicing in the wholesome Karma/ Actions
Performed during the day. 5 minutes of reflection on the five realities of life. 10 minutes of Metta meditation.
a. Participate in Satsang ( Dhamma Discourses )
b. Participate in Group Meditation and discussions. The Buddha said, " timely listening to Dhamma discourses and participating in Dhamma discussions bring great Blessings".
Lead a holier spiritual life by:
a. Participating in one full day meditation retreat.
b. Observing the 8 precepts on the full moon day or on one of the Sundays.
Lead a holier and richer spiritual life by participating in one or two 10-day intensive Vipassana Meditation retreats. As you make progress in your meditation practice, you should try to devotee more time to it. Follow the noble Eightfold Path and develop the ten Paramitas (perfections) - the basic requirements to achieve Nibbana, step by step, little by little, and day by day.
FULL MOON DAYS:
Full moon days are very special for the seekers of truth and lovers of Peace. Try to sit for a longer period of meditation. Try to observe the 8 precepts seriously. Try to eat only one meal. Try to donate to charity the money you could have spent or the meals that day.
Practising Dana/ Charity is an important aspect of spiritual life. Try to give 5-10 percent of your income for the welfare of the poor, sick, elderly, orphans,handicapped and the other unfortunate ones. All beings depend on each other. All beings are related in some way or other. Your earnings depend on others, no matter how hard you work and how honestly you earn your money.
It is important for all seekers of truth and lovers of peace to undertake pilgrimage to their respective holy places, these places are more conducive to spiritual life. Visit as many times as possible. You should do so under the guidance of an experienced teacher with good prior preparation and with full understanding of the significance of the pilgrimage.
SUPPORTING THE HOLY SANGHA:
Try to support the members of the Holy Sangha. The Holy Sangha has preserved the precious teaching of the Enlightened Masters. Their material needs are totally dependent on the generous offering of lay devotees.
TIME IS PRECIOUS:
Try to cut down on gossiping, watching television programmes and non-essential reading. Try to develop the habit of reading Dhamma books. Do not waste your precious time. Make the best use of what remaining time you have in your life. There is no time to lose; Death is coming closer and closer. The ticking of the clock reminds us of the fast approaching footsteps of Death!. Save time for your Spiritual Life.
WORK IS WORSHIP:
Perform your official duties as part of fulfilling the 10 Paramitas (Perfections). Take your work as worship, Kamma as Dhamma. Your daily duties should be an expression of your true love and respect for others.
COMPASSION IN ACTION:
Service to others brings out all that is great in man. It broadens the heart and widens one's vision. It fills one with joy. It promotes unity. One should be a member of some group performing social service. Human life is meant for service to others. Whatever talent a person has should be dedicated to the service of humanity, for the benefit of all living beings. There lies fulfillment of compassion. Whenever calamities, such as earthquakes, floods,etc. occur, try to come forward and join relief campaigns with a sense of compassion and sympathy. Hate none, love all, serve all and feel oneness with all.
No self-deception could be worse, after obtaining this precious human life, than not using it for meditation, for the realization of truth. It is so hard to gain to good human life and it is easy to get it destroyed in no time. Take full advantage of this precious human birth.
AWAKE !! Oh friends, undertake vigorous meditation. Make your spiritual life as much a part of your daily life as eating, drinking and breathing. Extinguish all the impurities of the mind and attain the brilliant illumination of truth through meditation. Regular meditation alone can bring you true happiness. Awake! Do not delay. Do not postpone. What should be done for you, out of pity, by a compassionate Master, who seeks your welfare and has pity for you, has already been done by the great compassionate Buddha. Here are the opportunities, learn and develop meditation, my dears! Do not delay, lest you should regret it later. Out of love, this is our message to you.
REWARDS OF YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE:
You will live in peace and harmony here and now and you will generate peace and harmony for others. You will be protected from all harm and dangers. People will love and support you. You will die peacefully with no regrets or fear. If you do not achieve full liberation in this life, you will be reborn in a higher and happier realm of existence.