Here are some simple guidelines to live a peaceful and contented life – based on ancient wisdom from the different schools of philosophies from India, do note that these have been edited for this content and by no means an official list, but we hope they help give an overall understanding:
1) Embrace Dharma – Do your Duty
Discover your unique role and responsibilities in life, aligning your actions with righteousness and fulfilling your duties selflessly (Dharma).
2) Do Positive Actions
Engage in virtuous deeds, treating others with kindness, compassion, and respect. Understand that your actions have consequences and strive to create positive ripples in the river of Karma.
3) Detach yourself from the Results
Perform your duties without attachment to the outcomes, focusing on the sincerity and righteousness of your actions rather than personal gains. Surrender to the natural flow of events, trusting in the wisdom of the universe (Detachment from Results).
4) Be aware of the Illusions of the world
Realize the illusory nature of the material world and see through the enchanting veil of Maya. Understand that true fulfillment and lasting happiness lie beyond the transient aspects of existence.
5) Seek Liberation from bondage of self and desires
Aspire for Moksha, the ultimate liberation from the cycle of rebirth and transmigration. Realize your true nature, transcending the illusions of Maya and attaining unity with the divine (Moksha).
6) Practice Awareness
Cultivate present-moment awareness, embracing each experience with gratitude and acceptance. Live with awareness, be mindful, paying attention to your thoughts, words, and actions, ensuring they align with your Dharma.
7) Nurture Inner Growth
Strive for personal growth and spiritual development. Continuously reflect on your beliefs, values, and actions, seeking to deepen your understanding and connection with the divine.
8) Find Balance
Lead a balanced life, attending to your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Honor your own needs while also contributing to the welfare of others and society.
9) Choose Love and Compassion
Let love and compassion be your guiding principles. Extend kindness and understanding to yourself and others, recognizing the inherent divinity within all beings.
10) Cultivate Contentment
Embrace gratitude for the blessings in your life, finding contentment in the present moment. Let go of excessive desires and attachments, knowing that true fulfillment comes from within.
By integrating these principles into our life’s tapestry, we can embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery, harmony, acceptance, service and contentment.