26 Soul Qualities

Our minister quoted these qualities today at Self Realization Fellowship  Phoenix Temple from the book  God Talks with Arjuna, Paramahansa Yogananda’s scripture commentary on the Bhagavad Gita. Today’s talk was on “How to Be Stronger Than Life’s Trials and Tests” and how to use your highest qualities to overcome life’s challenges. He spoke about how we should recognize which of these qualities we possess and work on strengthening  and perfecting them. He used Mahatma Gandhi  as an example of someone who became great from practicing two of these qualities: Truth (satya) and Noninjury (ahimsa).

1:  Fearlessness (abhayam)
2:  Purity of heart (sattva samshuddhi)
3:  Steadfastness (jnanayogavyavasthithi)
4:  Almsgiving (dana)
5:  Self-restraint (dama)
6:  Religious rites (yagnas)
7:  Right study of the scriptures (swadhyaya)
8:  Self discipline (tapas)
9:  Straightforwardness (arjavam)
10: Noninjury (ahimsa)
11: Truth (satya)
12: Absence of wrath (akrodha)
13: Renunciation (tyaga)
14: Peace (shanthi)
15: Absence of fault-finding and calumny (apaishunam)
16: Compassion toward all beings (daya)
17: Noncovetousness, absence of greed (aloluptvam)
18: Gentleness (mardavam)
19: Modesty (hri)
20: Absence of restlessness (achapalam)
21: Radiance of character (tejas)
22: Forgiveness (kshama)
23: Patience or fortitude (dhriti)
24: Cleanness of body and purity of mind (shaucha)
25: Nonhatred (adroha)
26: Lack of conceit (na atimanita)

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