Guiding Light by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Seven Spiritual Laws

The first law: The spirit that is running your life is sacred; honor this life energy. As you honor the life force, then naturally, all the other virtues will become your expression effortlessly. You become generous, you have a sense of belonging, and you feel connected to everyone and everything.

The second law: Stop blaming others, and yourself, and begin praising others and yourself. This doesn’t mean that you should not make a comment when it is needed. You can criticize, but the criticism should not come from your heart; it should be lip criticism only.

The third law: Point out the mistake but also offer a solution. If you pose a problem, and do not give a solution, then it is only half done. If you cannot find an immediate solution, then work on finding a remedy together.

The fourth law: No individual has an independent existence. Every individual mind is connected with the cosmic mind. Everything happens within the cosmic time-space design. Times change, and friends can become foes or vice-versa. Keep a deep-rooted faith in the spirit, in your self, and in your life.

The fifth law: Take some time off for yourself. Be alone for a little while, a few days in a year, and a few moments a day. This consolidates the energy, the spirit that you are.

The sixth law: Know that everything is temporary, everything changes. Whatever you address as “this” changes. That which says “this”, that does not change. The experience remains untouched, does not change. “I am happy”, who is this “I”?; then there is no “I”, but “I am” consciousness. The limited “I am” consciousness, when it dissolves, becomes “is-ness”. Everything “is”; the mountains are, the trees are, I am. The “I” is nothing but an air bubble, it just disappears. That is “Samadhi”; that is meditation.

The seventh law: Surrender – the bliss or joy of your meditation. Letting go, not holding on even to peace; when you hold on to peace, all you get is disturbance. If you hold on to joy, all that you get is misery. If you don’t care for joy, misery will never touch you. If you don’t care for peace, nothing will disturb you. Everything is part of life, so make use of every situation in life as a step towards growth. Accept and receive everything as part of life. This endurance is the seventh spiritual law. When you don’t hang on to pleasure you become free, and when you don’t hang on to freedom, you gain life.

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