"DASOPADESAM" (The Ten Commandments)
by Paramacharya Maha Swamigal, JagadGuru Shri Chandrasekarendra Saraswati
- Information provided by C.R. Kaushik, Texas, USA
1. One of
our duties as human beings is to avail ourselves of every opportunity to
do good to others. The poor can serve others by their loyal work to the
country and the rich by their wealth to help the poor. Those who are influential
can use their influence to better the condition of the lowly. That way
we can keep alive in our hearts a sense of social service.
2. Man by himself
cannot create even a blade of grass. We will be guilty of gross ingratitude
if we do not offer first to God what we eat or wear - only the best and
choicest should be offered to Him.
3. Life without
love is a waste. Everyone should cultivate "Prema" or love towards all
human beings, bird and beast.
4. Wealth amassed
by a person whose heart is closed to charity, is generally dissipated by
the inheritors: but the family of philanthropists will always be blessed
5. A person
who has done a meritorious deed will lose the resulting merit if he listens
to the praise of others or himself boasts of his deeds.
6. It will
do no good to grieve over what has happened. If we learn to discriminate
between good and evil, that will guard us from falling into the evil again.
7. We should
utilize to good purpose, the days of our life-time. We should engage ourselves
in acts, which will contribute to the welfare of others rather than to
our selfish desires.
8. We should
perform duties that have been prescribed for our daily life and also be
filled with devotion to God.
9. One attains
one's goal by performance of one's duties.
10. Jnana is
the only solvent of our troubles and sufferings.
Jaya Jaya Shankara
Hara Hara Shankara
H H. Shri
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