Conduct & its Challengers

“Propriety of Conduct leads to eminence; therefore it should be preserved more carefully than life”

. Verse 1 Chapter 14 of  Thirukkural, the famous Tamil Poem

“From propriety of conduct, men obtain greatness, from impropriety comes insufferable disgrace.”

. Verse 7 Chapter 14 of  Thirukkural, the famous Tamil Poem

The word Conduct has several meanings. Some of the synonyms in English are “behavior”, “performance” “actions”, “deeds”, “manners” etc.

The mind has several weapons of mass destruction.  An individual has to control some of the temperaments in order to stay away from the primitively and predominantly negative orientation of the human mind.

Indian spiritual leaders have identified seven characteristics that are considered to be lethal that constantly keeps challenging the Conduct of a person. They are

Lust, Anger, Attachment, Pride, Greed, Ego and Jealousy ( in reverse order an acronym to remember is JEGPAAL or if you are computer savvy try this AALE.jpg ) are the seven evils that corrupt the mind. Each one these traits is like a bullet of different caliber. It has its own unique power to distort the mind. It will produce enough negative energy to fuel the sensory perceptions Just imagine the volatile chemistry that a combination of these traits can produce to overpower, twist, mangle and stir the feeble mind.

My spiritual Guru has beautifully summarized the devastating consequences of not being able to bridle the mind.Consider these words of wisdom

“Attachment leads to Desire .

Desire breeds Anger

Anger  brings Delusion

Delusion promotes Confusion of the mind

Confusion produces Loss of Reason

Loss of Reason leads to complete ruin.”

Swami Vivekananda has beautifully captured the role of Religion (whatever Religion) . A Person who is able to tap the inner energy will have the ability to tame his Conduct.

“Each soul is potentially divine. Religion is to manifest this Divinity within, by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work, or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy… and be free. This is the whole of religion. Doctrines and dogmas, rituals and forms, books and temples are but secondary details.”
Swami Vivekananda

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