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GREAT REFUGE BY RAM SWARUP
INTELLIGENCE - MAHAT
To observe and respect the workings of cosmic intelligence (Mahat)
as the main guiding and directing power functioning within the
universe. To become citizens of the universe, not partisans of a
particular country or cause.
THE LAW OF KARMA/ CAUSE AND EFFECT
To observe and respect the law of karma and rebirth. This includes
offering up the fruits of our action and doing our duty for the good
THE SUPPORT OF DHARMA/ NATURAL LAW
To recognize the truth principles (dharmas) underlying the universe.
To honor and foster the dharma (nature) of others. To follow one's
own true nature (svadharma), which requires spiritual practices.
TO FOLLOW THE TEN GREAT OBSERVANCES
TRUTHFULNESS - Satya
To always tell the truth, even if it does not make one popular, but
to do so in an agreeable and friendly manner.
NON-VIOLENCE - Ahimsa
To respect all life as sacred and to practice non-violence in
thought, word and deed, not only relative to people but to animals,
plants and all the world of Nature.
CONTROL OF SEXUAL ENERGY - Brahmacharya
To control one's sexual energy and not waste it unnecessarily or in
a self-indulgent manner. To direct some portion of it for yogic