The first thought that crossed my mind on the deliberation of connecting with God was: am I pure enough physically, mentally as well as spiritually? How can one be so sure?
Somewhere rooted within us are the moral values that are absorbed simply from following righteousness and envisioning the “law of being”. One thing is clear — that we have to abide by the norms for all that needs to be discouraged or prohibited on moral, health and spiritual grounds. The main aim would be to cultivate astuteness and gain correct perception about oneself and the entire experiences that life brings forward.
Become a master of your mind and body
There are two modalities that concur with the credibility of having a moral conduct: perception of natural well-being of an individual and being able to be in control of your bodily senses.
Becoming a master of your body as well as mind (including the senses) would make you tough and resistant, and in the long run reward you with the assets of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual fitness and forbearance. When a person follows moral values, he would be living in harmony with the universal laws. The eight-fold path preached by Buddha signifies the magnitude of leading a natural life with moral values: right speech, right action, right livelihood, right efforts, right mindset, right concentration, right perception and right judgment.
These eight paths are guides to leading your life following the principles of morality, mental culture and wisdom.
Ayurveda and natural well-being
Ayurveda acknowledges the moral conduct, or the Sadavritta, as the basis of natural well-being, delight and longevity. Ayurveda’s holistic guidance lays emphasis not only on all that is beneficial for the body, but it also sets norms for what needs to be discouraged or prohibited on moral, health and spiritual grounds.
Misuse of the body: Killing living beings or violent behaviour, stealing and physical abuse of a woman are the three physical misconducts that need to be curbed bodily.
Misuse of the tongue: Ayurveda forbids misuse of the tongue in using language that is abusive and gossiping or criticising fellow men, using rude and harsh words that could be rather disheartening for someone; and speaking lies or false statement. Also, making unnatural sounds like grieving loudly, shouting or screaming, need to be avoided.
Misuse of the mind: Ayurveda believes that the physical human body that supports mental balance is the key to natural wellness and longevity. So to ensure mental and emotional peace and endurance, we need to keep away from the felony or misuse of the mind powers. This mainly relates to going against the virtues and wisdom narrated in the religious Shastras (holy books), mentally conspiring against the other person and keeping the psychological attitude of seizing the money and monetary riches of the other.
Mental disease arises due to misconduct
It is believed that the attitude of misconduct uproots from the human mind. Delinquencies like anger, lust, greed, infatuation, fear, jealousy, grief, anxiety, worry and antagonism furthermore take the form of imbalance of the mind.
Physical ailments may crop up: The three doshas of the physical body, vatta, pitta and kapha, become easily affected and fall out of balance as a result of vitiation of mental doshas of rajas and tamas.
Moral conduct combats disease
Sadavritta or the moral conduct of an individual is comparable to a shield that helps in preventing disease from entering the body. It is believed that the moral attitude makes for the physical, as well as mental, safeguard barrier. Ayurveda counsels that following a positive moral conduct ensures balance of the rajas and tamas, and most importantly aids in stabilising the satva or the balanced positive quality of the mind.