sri-bhagavan uvaca abhayam sattva-samsuddhir jnana-yoga-vyavasthitih
danam damas ca yajnas ca svadhyayas tapa arjavam
ahimsa satyam akrodhas tyagah santir apaisunam daya bhutesv aloluptvam
mardavam hrir acapalam tejah ksama dhrtih saucam adroho nati-manita
bhavanti sampadam daivim abhijatasya bharata

The Lord said, ‘Fearlessness, Purity of heart, knowledge and correct action, charity, controlling the mind, performing sacrifices, study, austerities, sincerity, non-violence, truthfulness, control of anger, renunciation, tranquillity, being non-judgemental, kindness to the all beings, aversion to greed, tenderness, humility, energy, forgiving, patience, purity, not to think ill of others, not to be vain.

– Bhagavad Gita 16.1-3

Here Sri Krishna gives us in the 16th Chapter the virtues that will assist in liberating our spirit, contrary to vices such as vanity, pride, conceit, anger, cruelty which only enslave us and bind us further. It is vital to not that these are not commandments but tools rather than rules. One who lives with the Daivi Sampat (divine tools/equipment) is God loving, does not hurt any living being, is friendly, sympathetic, and is free of excessive desire and ego. These virtues are not to be practised for fear of hell fire or for want of heaven, but they are a necessity for developing happiness and freedom from anxiety. One who achieves mastery over these traits needs no law to govern him as he will be virtuous by nature.

Whether at home or homeless, hot or cold, pleasure or pain, whatever we go through may we have the strength of these virtues to help us through each day.

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