Progress towards the ultimate spiritual objective of 'victory over oneself' involves also skill, commonsense and intelligence.
Through new-found right living that would generate wisdom and pleasantness, the seeker also comprehends the art of neutralising past bad karma through present good one.
Progressing thus in stages towards harmony, fulfilment, inner control and consistency, the aspirant divines how golden silence at the right place and time, would truly lend fulfilment to the silver like embellishments of right speech.
This progress, in its finer and subtle stages, thus, involves mainly the mind and requires the needed patience, perseverance and practice (sadhana).
Nevertheless, the steps to such stages are far more basic, and often surprisingly simple too! Only when these too are taken care of, other finer aspects would even come to play.
Otherwise, all attempts to spiritual growth would prove abortive.
Vitality is the first of four basic virtues, listed by Bertrand Russell.
Aberrations, which stand in the way of truly experiencing this could, in certain cases, be even easily treatable infections.
A simple problem as just a bad tooth could prove to be a breeding ground for pernicious bacteria, that would also consequently lead to lack of clarity in mind and thus motivation — virtues, so necessary for any progress, spiritual or materialistic.
Similarly, simple analysis of the chemistry of one's system through basic investigations and tests or corrections through needed procedures or surgery these could help resolve deep-rooted bodily and resultant mental aberrations too.
Observances such as Patanjali's yama and niyama, including hygiene and cleanliness (extending also to the mind), satsang, right hobbies, freedom from the trap of self-obsession, obtained through caring and compassion (karuna), right priorities involving assertiveness to say 'No'to certain relationships or commitments, planning what one does and doing what one plans and also dissociating from the unworthy (upekshana), besides guarding against the proverbial 'single slip' these too would go a long way to establishing the launching pad for higher realms of spiritual growth.
Fortunately, many of the means are close at hand, as if for the taking. These could often make that needed and vital difference!
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