When learning the Raja Yoga meditation, there are four main practices that a soul needs to learn to master with time:
- Meditation (Yoga)
- Knowledge (Gyana)
- Inculcation of divine virtues (Dharna)
- Godly service (Seva)
All of these four practices/pillars are inter-connected and help in achieving the main aim- perfection (inner and outer).
The third practice which is the inculcation of divine virtues is often the toughest one because inculcation of good virtues also means elimination of vices. The five major vices are- Lust, anger, greed, attachment, ego. Unfortunately, with the passage of time, people have started normalizing the vices saying that it is only ‘human’ to be angry or to crave for some sex or to need more and more of something. No one even sees it as wrong or immoral anymore. Souls however fail to take notice that one vice usually gives birth to other vices that often act in subtle forms; for example lust leads to addiction, aggression or ego leads to conceit or boastfulness and so on.
Inculcation of divine virtues is hence an important job to undertake if one sincerely wants to transform oneself from an ordinary human being into an extraordinary one. We, after all consider ourselves to be the Children of God, so let’s question ourselves: IS GOD, OUR PARENT AS VICIOUS AS WE ARE TODAY?. Of course the answer is NO. God is the Ocean of all the virtues that we can ever imagine: forgiveness, purity, love, peace, bliss, knowledge, courage, patience, stability, simplicity…
I have therefore decided to involve you in my daily practice of self-transformation by elaborating on at least one virtue per day so that by the end of this year (2016), we can all change into someone much much better than last year. Self-transformation is usually a slow and steady process, this is the magic of perfection. Most of the information about the virtues will be taken from Murlis (verses of God) who explains to us with much love and patience how to go about in this chaotic world, and how to transform ourselves and the world.
Literal definition: the quality or state of being correct or precise.
Spiritual definition: (Avyakt Murli, 17/10/87) Accuracy is a virtue which is directly linked with the mother virtue of ‘Purity’. It also means a clear line that cuts across all hemispheres of the being: the thoughts, words, actions and dreams. The method to be accurate is first to be full of knowledge- the knowledge of who we are, why are we here on earth, what is our aim, who is God and what is God’s aim? Each of our thoughts should be linked to this knowledge, for example lack of accuracy or lack of significance in any situation will yield to results like ” It just happened, I didn’t mean to do that..”, or ” I thought of X act but I ended up doing Y”. This shows lack of accuracy in thoughts, words, and deed. Now the mention of ‘dreams’ was also made above. It could be that a soul externally acts very peacefully and smiles through all daily issues and situations, but at night, that soul has fitful dreams about punishing others or taking revenge or getting so irritated that they start punching or grit their teeth while sleeping. So this shows lack of accuracy in dreams. What they projected outside is just a fake appearance because the subconscious is throwing out all the stifled realities inside and they manifest in the dreams.
Accuracy hence implies a mirroring of thoughts into words into actions into dreams.
Lack of accuracy leads to carelessness, lack of steadiness, laziness and carefree attitude which is the wrong method for spiritual elevation.
Accurate faith is : I now belong to the Father, the Supreme Soul, and I recognize, accept and move along considering myself to be a soul, and know the Father as He is. This is accurate faith. (Avyakt Murli, 4/12/95).