|Have been reading about Bhismadeva, the amazing warrior/saint of India’s epic Mahabharata fame. Not only was he a righteous king and pure hearted devotee of God, but a sage whose teachings are profoundly applicable today as they were five thousand years ago. His amazing teachings were conveyed on his deathbed whilst his body was pierced by a host of arrows. As a powerful yogi, he decided the right time to die, and in the meantime, conveyed his crystal clear teachings.
Bhismadeva advised for all human beings nine qualifications:
1. Not to become angry
2. Not to lie
3. To equally distribute wealth
4. To forgive
5. To beget children only by one’s legitimate wife
6. To be pure in mind and hygienic in body
7. Not to be inimical toward anyone
8. To be simple
9. To support servants or subordinates.
Bhismadeva also advised:
To get freedom from anger, one should learn how to forgive.
To be free from unlawful desires one should not make plans.
By spiritual culture one is able to conquer sleep.
By tolerance only can one conquer desires and avarice.
Disturbances from various diseases can be avoided by regulated diets.
By self-control one can be free from false hopes.
Money can be saved by avoiding undesirable association.
By practice of yoga one can control hunger.
Worldliness can be avoided by culturing the knowledge of impermanence.
Dizziness can be conquered by rising up.
False arguments can be conquered by factual ascertainment.
Talkativeness can be avoided by gravity and silence.
By prowess one can avoid fearfulness.
Perfect knowledge can be obtained by self-cultivation.
These are described in the 18,000 verse Sanskrit epic called Srimad-Bhagavatam, in the First Canto, Chapter Nine.
Posted by Kurma on 22/2/06; 7:41:28 AM