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A pure way of life

Updated on December 21, 2007

All initiated devotees of the Hare Krishna movement vow to follow

four rules:

No gambling

In Krishna consciousness, you"re trying to purify your mind--to

make it clear and steady for spiritual realization. But gambling

makes the mind cloudy. It agitates the mind. You start thinking:

What are my chances? How much could I walk off with? What could

I do with my winnings? Even if you just play for the sake of playing,

gambling pulls the mind away from thinking about the real purpose

of life.

No intoxicants

No drugs, no liquor, not even coffee, tea, or cigarettes. The

world is already high enough--high on illusion, high on greed,

high on false power and false ego. The devotee of Krishna wants

to be thoughtful, sober.

Material substances like drugs are useless for spiritual realization.

They can bend the mind, but they can"t free it. They may take

you up, but sooner or later they let you down.

The self within is by nature joyful. So we don"t need any material

stuff to *make* us happy. We just need to purify ourselves and

uncover the happiness that"s already there.

No meat-eating

No meat, no fish, no eggs. Devotees of Krishna avoid needless

violence. They see other creatures as spiritual living beings.

Though these creatures may be less intelligent than we, they are

also God"s children, our brothers and sisters. So why should we

kill them? If a child were to kill a less intelligent brother,

do you think the father would be pleased?

By the subtle laws of karma, the suffering we cause others will

come back looking for us.

By nature"s arrangement we have plenty of fruits, vegetables,

grains, milk products, and other innocent food. We should content

ourselves with this and be happy.

No illicit sex

Everything has its place, and that includes sex. When sex takes

place within marriage, and for the sake of having children, it"s

fine. You"re accepting the pleasure, and you"re accepting the


Otherwise, sex brings about entanglement, exploitation, disappointment,

and illusion. For spiritual advancement, you want to simplify

your life and bring your mind and senses under your control. Being

temperate about sex helps you.


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      Ashok Rajagopalan 10 years ago from Chennai

      Hmmm, I'll do all that when I'm 60 or so, I think! Thanks, anyway!

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      Abhinaya 10 years ago

      Great hub.The rules of life are to treasured.Thanks manohar.

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      cgull8m 10 years ago from North Carolina

      Even if they don't follow Krishna, they can follow this simple rules. Thanks.

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      Ricardo Nunes 10 years ago from Portugal

      Nice to know I´m going in the right direction!

      I never gamble, I let go drugs and booze long time ago and sex has been totally lawful, so I only have to start thinking about stop eating meat....

      .... well, I´m not pure anyway! lolol

      Cool hub!