Divine Virtues

  • It is divine qualities that make a person gentle or noble and enable one to become great.

 

  • Cheerfulness stands high among these. As a flower spreads its freshness and fragrance all round, a smile on our face cheers up all who meet us. Thus a cheerful face silently serves others.

 

  • Tolerance and patience, too, are sterling qualities. They give one’s mind the strength of steel. Like seat-cushions or buffer springs, they work as shock absorbers in life. One who has these two qualities can stay happy in the face of hardships and reverses.

 

  • Sweetness of language and temper is another great virtue. One who sees only the good qualities of others is a man of great merit. As a bee collects nectar from flowers, so does a man who has an eye for others’ merits gather virtues, and in this way he becomes a store of sweetness, like a honeycomb.

 

  • Humility is another noble quality. One who thinks, speaks and lives humbly is considered by others to be a great man or a saint. A king with a crown rules only over his kingdom, but a man with humility, though without a crown, is a king in his own right; his kingdom knows not the bounds of territory, for he rules over the hearts of men.

 

  • Fearlessness saves man from worries and suspicions that cause pain. Thus, he lives a carefree life unlike a coward, who, as the saying goes, dies many times before his death.

 

  • Contentment is of great merit. A man who is content is richer than the wealthiest man in the world, for he is not riding the wild horse of unfulfilled desires.

 

  • Self-confidence is another big virtue. One with self-confidence will see even a big problem as a mere trifle, whereas one who lacks this quality makes a mountain out of a molehill.
    Straightforwardness enables man to fit better into society. People do not distrust or fear him because he is free of intrigue and trickery. On the other hand, a crooked man is like a nail or peg which has many bends.

 

  • Also, service to others and the spirit of sacrifice are qualities that make a man truly great and happy.
    These and many other divine virtues come naturally to those who practise meditation, as they establish a link with God, who is the perennial source of these virtues.