On the sacred occasion of Vijayadasami, Bhagawan lovingly instructs us as to how we can sanctify our life.
Embodiments of Love! On this sacred day of Vijayadasami, take an oath to give up vices, including smoking, drinking, and partaking of non-vegetarian food. Many don’t realise the evil effects of bad habits. If a smoker blows air on a white handkerchief, he will find yellow spots on it. This is a sign of disease. Smoking leads to cancer. Drinking is a demonic quality. It makes you intoxicated and makes you forget yourself. Consuming non-vegetarian food is also bad. When the human body itself is made of flesh, where is the need to consume the flesh of birds and animals? You should partake only of sacred food. Only then you will have sacred feelings. For sacred thoughts and sacred deeds, sacred food is essential. A noble soul like Bhishma himself suffered on account of unsacred food. As a consequence, he had to lie on a bed of arrows for 56 days. To have sacred feelings, apart from partaking in sacred food, you must have a sacred vision. Don’t cast bad looks on anybody. Don’t speak ill of others. Don’t hear anything that’s bad. Don’t entertain bad thoughts. Don’t indulge in bad deeds. Don’t hurt anybody.
– Divine Discourse, Oct 01, 1998.