28. THE COSMIC LAWS OF HARMONY. Part 8

Ten Sources Of Goodness

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By disregarding the laws of goodness a human society unavoidably falls into passion and ignorance, which turns the whole world into hell. However, it can be avoided if people understand the subtle laws of goodness and begin to put them into practice. In this regard, the Vedas offer ten ways of developing the mode of goodness.

1. The best conductor of goodness is food and water therefore they must be in goodness.

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Clean water and vegetarian food are an indispensable guarantee of health. The human body consists of almost 80 % of water. And the quality of water affects not only health, but also the mindset of a person.

Nowadays people drink mostly water contaminated by chemicals. It is best to drink pure spring water, natural herbal teas or fresh juices.

2. The next source of goodness is a place of residence.

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A countryside and wildlife are the places that carry the energy of goodness.

Modern cities are the places of passion and venues such as nightclubs, bars and casinos are the places of ignorance. It is not recommended to live near the hospital, factory, prison or cemetery, as these places emanate negative energy.

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If a person does not have the opportunity to live in a clean natural environment, then at least it is advisable to take short trips to those places on a regular basis.

3. Different times of the day also carry the energy of different modes. For instance, in the morning two hours before and two hours after dawn is the time for the mode of goodness.

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It is considered the most auspicious time for spiritual practice and it gives the opportunity to focus on spiritual truths and values. This power of goodness protects one from the stressful situations and helps to overcome the difficulties of the day easier. During the day, up until the sunset, the mode of passion dominates and pushes people to engage in various activities.

After the sunset, the greater effect of ignorance increases and people are no longer able to be active and to think clearly.

If a person doesn’t go to bed and watches TV or on the Internet till late, it will be very hard for him to get up early in the morning. In this case, a layer of goodness is practically absent in one’s life and a person bounces between the ignorance of the night and the passion of the day without getting any adequate support and protection of goodness.

4. A circle of our interaction with others is also the conductor of the three modes.

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Association in goodness gives one a correct understanding of life and inspires for spiritual progress.

Association in passion stimulates one’s ambitions and inspires for material development.

Association or interaction in ignorance is an association in a bad company with alcohol drinking. As a result, it drives one to self-destruction or activities harmful to others.

5. The next source of the modes is our activity or work. Activity in the mode of ignorance is the one that destroys the environment and is based on violence to other living beings such as animal slaughter, butchering or fishing.

Also the activity in ignorance is production and sales of tobacco, alcohol and drugs and everything else that contributes to the degradation of people.

Activity in passion is the one that contributes to material progress, hoarding, gaining popularity and fame, but not due to the degradation of others but rather through one’s own efforts and creativity.

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Activities in goodness aim at person’s inner purification and not at the external superficial success. It could be a selfless community work, charity and spiritual education of society.

6. Ceremonies, festivals and rituals have a significant impact on our body and consciousness.

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Celebrations and ceremonies in goodness contribute to the development of one’s spiritual consciousness.They are the real holidays ( holy days ). Original holidays have been related with the spiritual events such as the appearance days of God’s avatars in this world or the commemoration or glorification of the saints. These celebrations make a person spiritually joyful and elevate one’s consciousness.

Public holidays with a demonstration of military forces, sport competitions with an intention to prove one’s superiority, as well as all sorts of carnivals and public spectacles that emphasise the strength and beauty of the physical body are the events in the mode of passion.

Ceremonies and festivals with the bloody animal sacrifices, with alcohol or with invocation of spirits from the lower worlds are manifestations of energy of ignorance.

7. The Vedas say that the books or scriptures that we read, are also the conductors of different modes. The films and the movies could be also included into this category.

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The books and movies in goodness remind a person of one’s eternal spiritual nature and the ultimate goal of life. They encourage contemplating about the inner transformation and self-improvement.

The books and films in the mode of passion are based on mundane sentiments and temporary romantic love. They emphasise the notion of consumerism, external success and false prestige.

The books and movies in ignorance contain violence, sex or horror scenes.

8. Other sources of the modes are songs, prayers and mantras that we listen and sing.

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Mantras and prayers, selflessly glorifying God, describing a spiritual reality; songs, containing a philosophical and spiritual outlook on life; music, soothing and uplifting consciousness are the conductors of goodness and the spiritual energy.

Prayers for the sake of material welfare and prosperity, as well as popular hits that evoke mundane feelings and worldly attachments are in the mode of passion.

Curses, black magic spells, songs and music glorifying violence and stimulating vandalism or other lower emotions carry the potency of ignorance.

9. Meditation, daily contemplation or focused thoughts are another conductor of the three modes of nature.

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Thoughts and plans for the purification of one’s own existence, a meditation, which helps to understand the difference between the soul and the body, the inner desire to know God, and desire to serve him is a meditation in goodness.

Thoughts or plans for the fulfilment of personal ambitions, with a desire to prove one’s superiority and demonstrate one’s wealth or success, as well as thoughts about sense gratification are a meditation in passion.

A meditation in ignorance is the thoughts or plans of violence against others, the thoughts, implicated by envy, anger and desire for revenge, depressive state of mind that brings one to the edge of committing suicide or useless violence.

10. And the final source of the modes is one’s birth.

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Those who follow the science of conceiving children, as it is prescribed in the Vedas, who cares about the material and the spiritual health of the future generation, give birth to children in goodness. Such parents perform all the necessary rituals before conception, during pregnancy and after childbirth to make sure that children receive the necessary spiritual purification and impressions that contribute to their inner growth.

A birth in a family of drunken and morally degraded parents is in the mode of ignorance. Upon growing up, these children rarely become prosperous people.

Parents, who think only of their own passion, give birth to children with similar desires in order to continue their dynasties.

But even if we were not born in such a family, the Vedas say that we can fix this defect of our physical birth by receiving the second birth or initiation from a bona fide spiritual teacher or a guru. The spiritual teacher becomes one’s spiritual father and imparts the transcendental knowledge in this process of initiation. And this process of initiation becomes one’s divine birth. The results of this second birth are the spiritual knowledge and spiritual strength that help a person to get rid of one’s weaknesses and attachments, and give the opportunity to develop a pure selfless love of God. And this is the key or guarantee of our return to the spiritual reality, full of eternity, knowledge and happiness.

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