What should we cultivate to attain fulfilment in our life? Why are these important? Bhagawan lovingly guides us to ponder!
The fulfilment of life consists in the realisation of Atma (Atma-sakshatkara). To get this realisation, one should be entirely free from impulses (vasanas). Liberation (moksha) is, in the true sense of the term, liberation from the bondage of these impulses. These tendencies are of two types: beneficent and maleficent. The beneficent tendencies are saturated with holiness. The maleficent ones feed the mind and make it more and more uncontrollable and unsteady; they spread and strengthen the desire for objective pleasure. If the beneficent impulses (shubha vasanas) are encouraged and cultivated, they will not go on multiplying and binding the mind indefinitely; they will become like fried seeds, which will not sprout. If you stick to the beneficent impulses, you can easily acquire the knowledge of Brahman. These impulses are characterised by such activities as association with great souls (mahatmas), reverence for the great, conversation with them, following their advice, charity, fortitude, love, patience, truth, courage, continence, etc. Such impulses are pure impulses.
– Dhyana Vahni, Ch 11.