For evolution of the human soul
It is rightly said that, “an ounce of practice is better than tons of theory. Here we have mentioned about few suggestions which can cultivate the essence of the Eternal Culture in its purest form. Suggestions are suitable for modern busy householders with fixed hours of work. One can modify them to suits own convenience & increase the period gradually.
It is advisable to take in beginning few practicable resolves which form a small but definite advance over ones present habits and character. In case of certain health issues, pressure of work or any unavoidable engagements one can observe minimum for the period.
It is better to be in bed early at night. One should get up at 4 o’clock in morning. After answering calls of nature like, cleaning mouth and taking bath, etc., practice yogic breathing (Pranayama) and meditation from 5 to 6 o’clock. Morning time is best for yogic breathing and meditation. Meditating in Padma, Siddha or Sukha Asana (positions) throughout. Practicing meditations without movement can be achieved by gradual practice. Possibly perform daily practice. Make annual resolves on the above lines. Regularity, tenacity and fixity are essential. Record your practice in a diary daily. Review it every month and correct your failures.
Eat moderately. Take light and simple food. Beginning of meal offer it to God (a supreme soul that is in everyone and everywhere). Have a balanced diet. Avoid poultry products & meat as far as possible. If possible give up tea, coffee, smoking, betel and alcohols. Instead take milk and/or fruit juices. Prefer fasting for a day in a month. Practice yoga and physical exercises for fifteen to thirty minutes every day. Take a long walk or play some vigorous games daily.
Observe silence (Mouna) for two hours daily and if one can observe silence for day possibly during off day can help greatly regaining mental strength. Observe celibacy according to ones age and circumstances. Restrict the indulgence to once a week then to a month.
Speak the Truth. Speak little. Speak kindly. Speak sweetly. Do not injure anyone in thought, word or deed. Be kind to all. Be sincere, straightforward and open-hearted in your talks and dealings. Be honest. Earn be the sweat of your brow. Do not accept any money, things or favor unless earned lawfully. Develop nobility and integrity. Control fits of anger by serenity, patience, love, mercy and tolerance. Forget and forgive. Adapt yourself to person and events.
Doing good to others is the highest religion. Do some selfless service for a few hours every week, without egoism or expectation of reward. Do your worldly duties in the same spirit. Work is worship. Dedicate it to God. Give two to ten percent of your income in charity. Share what you have with others. Let the world be your family. Remove selfishness. Be humble and prostrate yourself to all beings mentally. Feel the Divine Presence everywhere. Give up vanity, pride and hypocrisy. Have unwavering faith in God. Submit to the Divine will in all events and happenings with equanimity. See God in all beings and love them as your own self. Do not hate anyone. Remember God at all times or, at least, on rising from bed, during a pause in work and before going to bed.
Live without sugar for a week or month. Try to avoid salt on Sundays. If possible give up betting and gambling. Fly off from evil company. Avoid discussions with materialists. Do not mix with person who have no faith in God or one who is not believer of selflessness. Curtail your wants. Reduce your possessions. Have plain living and high thinking.
Spend holidays and leave-periods, whenever possible, in the company of Saints, Gurus, elderly people, father and mother. Bonding with nature is good. Visiting gardens, parks, hiking in mountains brings ones closer to nature. Practice of meditation in seclusion.
Bottom line is, must one need not to turn into a recluse so as to observe the given suggestions. In general all living beings are social and human are indeed very social. Being social we can still choose right people for our life and can adopt suitable way of living.