Presentation on theme: " Each of us strives for success and happiness in life Success is not accumulation of wealth and materials alone Many rich men are failure in life."— Presentation transcript:
Each of us strives for success and happiness in life Success is not accumulation of wealth and materials alone Many rich men are failure in life True secret of successful living are not material but contentment and joy of usefulness
HUMAN INSTINCTS Our actions and thoughts are under the control of human instincts Lust,anger,greed,attachment and ego Essential to learn to control them
5 MORAL EVILS Lust (Kaam) lust and illegitimate sex. It is one of the greatest evils that tempts people away from God. It makes an individual weak-willed and unreliable. Normal sexual relationship as a house-holder is not restricted in any way in Sikhism. But sex outside marriage or sex against the will of the partner is taboo, as it can cause unlimited sorrows.
Anger (Krodh) Anger needs to be controlled. A person overcome by 'krodh' loses his balance of mind and becomes incapable of thinking. According to Sikhism, 'krodh' takes a person away from God as hatred has no place in religious practice.
Greed (Lobh) greed is a strong desire to possess what rightfully belongs to others. It makes an individual selfish and self- centered. It takes a person away from his religious and social duties. A person can become blind with greed if an effort to control the desire for unlimited possessions is not made.
Attachment (Moh) Strong attachment that an individual has to worldly possessions and relationships. It blurs the perspective of a human being and makes him narrow minded. It deviates a person from his moral duties and responsibilities and leads him towards a path of sin.
False Pride : (Ahankar) Means false pride due to one's possessions, material wealth, intelligence or powers. It gives an individual a feeling that he is superior to others and therefore they are at a lower level than him. It leads to jealousy, feelings of enmity and restlessness amongst people. Sikhism requires that a person serves the society and community with humility. Hence, the practise of cleaning the footwear of visitors to a Gurudwara is followed by many devout Sikhs.
8 VIRTUES TO COMBAT THE 5 EVILS
Wisdom (Gyan) complete knowledge of a set of religious principles. It can be achieved by hearing good, thinking good and doing good. A man of wisdom tries to achieve a high moral standard in his life and interaction with others. According to Sikhism, the first steps to wisdom is to consider oneself as an ignorant person who has to learn a lot in life.
Truthful Living (Sat) This is more than 'truth'. It means living according to the way of God i.e. the thoughts should match the words that a person speaks and his actions should also match his words. Truthful living brings a person closer to God.
Justice (Niaon) Means freedom and equal opportunities for all. Respect for the rights of others and strict absence of attempts to exploit a fellow being. Sikhism forbids the desire to loot another's property. It also strictly instructs the Sikhs to show respect even for the women and children of an enemy.
Temperance (Santokh) : means self control which has to be developed through meditation and prayers. A Sikh has to banish evil thoughts from his mind by constantly repeating Gods name and reciting prayers. Torture to the body to develop self- control is not advocated in Sikhism.
Patience (Dhiraj) : implies a high level of tolerance and empathy for others. It requires control over ones ego and willingness to overlook anothers weakness or mistakes. It requires that a Sikh should be strongwilled, but kind hearted.
Courage (Himmat) Means bravery i.e. absence of fear. It is the ability to stake ones life for ones convictions and for saving others from injustice or cruelty.
Humility (Namarta) Deliberate denial of pleasure at one's own praise and admiration. It means underplaying ones own strengths and respecting the abilities of others. It is the antidote to 'ahankar'
Contentment (Sabar) Means refraining from worldly fears and submitting oneself to the will of God. The typical worldly fears can be fear of death, poverty, disrespect and defeat. It is this virtue that has given the Sikhs the moral strength to withstand the various atrocities committed on their community in the last three centuries
TALENT OF YOUR OWN Finding ones particular talent is important step in the art of successful living Each one has a particular talent try to develop it Strive to improve quality by learning new skills and knowledge
BE HONEST Cheating, lying, stealing and grabbing by hook or crook are negative virtues Self deception drives things into subconscious mind and troubles man Good conduct,integerity and honest hard work lead to success and happiness in life
LIVE WITH ENTHUSIASM Everyone faces hardships in chosen path Enthusiasm makes one to work and not to quit Chardikala is answer to all problems of life
BE MASTER OF POSSESIONS Money is a necessary evil We loose freedom by becoming slaves of money and material things Too much money and wealth destroys peace of mind Learn judicious use of money and share with needy Stress is on honest earning
DONOT WORRY ABOUT PROBLEMS Life is full of problems and mistakes Don't worry about them Rather understand them and learn the art of solving them
DONOT CLING TO PAST Learn from past mistakes and experiences Fatal to hang on to past victories or achievements Should look to future
LOVE HUMANITY Learn love people and know them Learn from experience of others Learn from glorious past and heritage
TAKE CARE OF HEALTH Eat simple balanced food at almost fixed time Do daily exercises for physical fitness
PRAYER TO GOD Prayer gives inspiration and strength to mind essential for higher achievements in life and peace of mind Do self analysis daily for self improvement
Maintain positive thinking always and do hard work in life When you are hard on yourself, life will be easy on you but when you are easy on yourself life will be hard on you