How Does A Good Moral Character Help In Achieving Success And Happiness?
What is morality?
Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan, an enlightened being defines, “When one does not possess even a single vice that is unacceptable to any living being in this world, it is called full morality.”
One with a good moral character does not take away anyone’s happiness nor does he hurt anyone’s feelings. He is in a constant endeavour to not harm anyone even to the slightest extent. He does not spoil his speech by lying intentionally or saying incorrect things, he does not spoil his mind towards anyone by indulging in anger-pride-deceit-greed, and he does he spoil his vision either by seeing anyone other than his life-partner with a sexual intent. He enjoys only that which is rightfully his, and that too, only that which comes to him naturally. These morals obviously help one achieve enormous success and happiness in life!
Where there is morality, there is no crookedness, there is no deceit.
Where morality and sincerity prevail, there is a complete lack of deceit. One does not speak incorrectly, one does not lie for anything.
Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan says, there are two types of people: ordinary and special. If you want to remain ordinary, then you may let go of your morals. But if you want to be special, then you need to be ‘with a moral binding’ [bound with morals]. If the morals break, what’s left with you then? So, the value lies in being moral. The one with morality will never become immoral. So, one with a moral binding is bound to always preserve his morals and therefore he will definitely achieve success and happiness in everything he does.
That which is rightfully ours and is acquired naturally is the first moral
‘Moral’ means one is free to enjoy only the things that belong to him and those that he receives naturally and spontaneously. That is the ultimate meaning of morality. – Quote from Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan, A Self-Enlightened Spiritual Master
Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan suggests, there is nothing in this world that you should not enjoy. You can enjoy everything. However, it should come naturally, and it should be rightfully yours. That which is rightfully yours, and moreover, to take only that which comes to you naturally is considered to be morality. If that which is rightfully yours does not come to you naturally and you have to get it by asking for it, then that is not morality.
For instance, one should not reprimand someone to obtain a greater amount of sweet dish. If he gives you a little bit, accept it, and if he gives you a lot, accept it. You can eat however much you want, but it should come naturally. Taking that which is rightfully ours by hurting others is wrong. One who has a good moral character would study minutely, in great detail, and evaluate whether the other person’s feelings are being hurt in any way. Only if that is not the case, he knows that what he is claiming to be his is rightfully his, and not illicit.
The mind of one with good moral character is set on not taking anyone’s happiness away
Therefore, Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan advises that always try to settle any situation in a manner that the other person leaves happily. Morality means one’s mind is set on not causing anyone slightest loss of any kind. And Nature’s law is such that what you give is what you get. So, if you give happiness to others, you too do get happiness in return!
For those who have married, practice monogamy
This is an era of moral and spiritual decline. Hence, Param Pujya Dadashri recommends that one who practices monogamy (is loyal to his / her spouse) in this era and does not spoil his vision i.e. does not have a sexual intent towards others, it is considered to be celibacy. This arrangement is put in place so that human beings maintain their humanity, or else one is certainly headed for a life-form as an animal (where there’s immense suffering)!
One’s conduct should be such that it does not hurt anyone; and first and foremost one should ensure that their spouse does not get hurt. When you have been bound through marriage, you have given your partner a promise. After giving a promise, one should not betray his / her spouse. Lord says, enjoy, but enjoy what is rightfully yours. Do not enjoy that which is illicit. By going towards the illicit, our future births get ruined.
The intellect of a moral person is excellent!
Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan, while describing the intellect of a moral person, says, “There are two types of intellects: the misguiding one and one that is not misguiding. If it is the one without misguidance, then you will become happy with that intellect.” It is because such an intellect drives away the miseries of worldly life, it removes all clashes from within the home, and it brings about a solution to the separation that occurs due to difference of opinions. The one who has a lot of honesty, one who has morality, he possesses such excellent intellect. That intellect is such that it discards all worldly pains. It is like the Gnan of the Gnani (liberating)!!!
To have such an intellect, Dadashri suggests, “Practice an obliging nature and honesty, then dress them up with the clothes of sincerity and morality. If you do this much, then your wish to please everyone will be fulfilled. Only then can the joyful state of the chitt arise; otherwise how can it arise? The other type is the misguiding intellect. It is indeed selfish. People do things out of self-interest all day long, don’t they?” Such intellect causes pain and does not give any benefit.
Adharma is pain and dharma is happiness.
Happiness arises through dharma (moral or righteous acts). Dharma means he does not incur pain. Through adharma (unrighteousness) pain arises. If one remains sincere to his own self and to everyone, then he will attain happiness, not otherwise. Sincerity and morality are considered to be the greatest wealth. Wherever sincerity and morality are found in abundance, there would not be any misery.
Furthermore, Param Pujya Dadashri says, “Moksha (permanent happiness) can be attained after becoming moral.” Thus, one who has become moral is ready not only for achieving worldly success and happiness, but is actually ready to attain the state of the ultimate bliss i.e. the eternal bliss. Isn’t that wonderful?!
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