Words of Wisdom by Swami Chidananda
- Worship God as Virtue
"Have no other God. You can contemplate God, you can
contemplate eternity, infinity, ocean of bliss, Light of
lights beyond all darkness all these things you can contemplate,
think about, reflect over, but you cannot love and worship peace,
or ananda, or jnana. Because they are abstruse, abstract concepts,
and you want something more, something for which you can live and something for which you can be prepared to die also. That is virtue.
Read the sixteenth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita*, you will understand. Worship God as Virtue. Worship virtue by practicing virtue.
This is a way to spiritual transformation and realization."
16.01 The Supreme Lord said: Fearlessness, purity of heart, perseverance in the yoga of knowledge, charity, sense restraint, sacrifice, study of the scriptures, austerity, honesty;
16.02 Nonviolence, truthfulness, absence of anger, renunciation, equanimity, abstaining from malicious talk, compassion for all creatures, freedom from greed, gentleness, modesty, absence of fickleness;
16.03 Splendor, forgiveness, fortitude, cleanliness, absence of malice, and absence of pride; these are the qualities of those endowed with divine virtues, O Arjuna.