सत्यम शिवम सुन्दरम

Significance of Satyam Shivam Sundaram has been explained in Hindu mythology for ages. Satyam means truthfulness, Shivam stands for God Shiva and Sundaram is beauty. And it has been defined by several scholars and thinkers as, ‘Truth is God and God is beautiful.’ Some of them read it as ‘Beauty of God in truth.’ They see truth and beauty in God.

It is my perception all that has been taught in Hindu scriptures is for practicing by human beings. These scriptures have hidden messages for human to practice all they are preaching. Likewise Satyam Shivam Sundaram is also for men to practice in their lives.

God Shiva is considered an example of simplicity, kindness and generosity. Satyam Shivam Sundaram signifies developing habits of truthfulness, kindness and looking at the beauty of this world. By practicing on these traits one can attain status of Satyam Shivam Sundaram. And all that is possible with a change in our belief system coupled with little efforts.

Developing vision to see beauty everywhere:

This entire world has been created beautifully. Everything in this universe is beautiful including planets, plant kingdom, animal kingdom and human being. It means beauty lies in every particle of this world. It is imperative for everyone to learn developing a vision to see beauty in everything. For seeing beauty everywhere, there is a precondition that your heart must be filled with love and affection. It is therefore necessary to develop a habit of loving everything and everyone. Love sees beauty and love also helps establishing beauty.

Seek and adore love in you:

On this earth, nature has created every person with a basic instinct of love. They are born with love in their genes. At the same time, there are certain appreciable qualities, positivism why and beauty in every individual born on this earth. But as they grow, their loving habits are masked by hatred, jealousy, ego and selfishness. Thus degree of love and beauty varies in every person.

Satyam Shivam Sundaram teaches us to strengthen loving attitude. Everyone must endure to find loving and adoring thoughts in others. And strengthen this habit of loving others. Your love for others should always be selfless and unconditional. There should not be element of doubt. Seek and adore positivism in others. Altogether stop criticizing others and finding fault in them. Appreciate others for their good qualities. Love them for their goodness. Do this sincerely, honestly and wholeheartedly.

It requires a lot of patience and efforts on your part to continuously and unconditionally appreciate and love others. You will have to generate loving and adoring thoughts for the self and also for others. You cannot learn to love others unless you learn to love the self.

In case you have a habit of finding faults and criticizing others, it shows you are trying to prove your superiority over others and downgrade them. One of my friends, Dr. Satnam Singh once quoted, “Before finding faults in others count unto ten, ten of your faults”. To err is human. No one is perfect in this world. Hence you must stop altogether finding faults in others. Rather appreciate their positive qualities. Your habit of loving and appreciating others will help them grow and enhance their positive traits.

There is a small but important exercise for learning to love and appreciate others.

Exercise to practice Satyam Shivam Sundaram:

Make a ledger of all those persons whom you dislike and abhor them. You can make a paper ledger or you can do it on your computer. These persons could be your family members, friends, relatives, colleagues, service providers and those working with you. There may be some persons from society, government, any other place or organization and you do not like them for one or the other reason. Write everyone’s name in this ledger.

Now select few names from above list those they are coming in contact with you quite often and concentrate on them. Study about their behavior and try to find out some noble and appreciable qualities of these persons. Write these qualities in their respective ledger. Read this ledger once to thrice a day depending on severity of your hate towards the person. More is the hate; frequency of reading ledger would be higher. While you are regularly reading about goodness of these persons, try to find out more such qualities of them and add to their respective ledger. This process of reading and additions of appreciable qualities must be a continuous process.

You must be honest and sincere in your appreciation and praise. Make it sure not to criticize, abuse or make any adverse remark for them and do not indulge in spreading negative word about any of them. You must also ensure to avoid flattery. But good deeds must genuinely and sincerely be appreciated.

In a few days of practicing this ritual you will feel a positive change in your attitude towards them. Your feeling of resentment and hatred towards all those persons is gradually diminishing and its intensity is reducing. And sooner you will find that you do not hate those persons anymore. It is also possible you may start loving them. To your amusement you could observe that your appreciation is helping those people overcoming their negative qualities and there is marked improvement in their behavior towards you and others. Now you can delete names of those persons from your ledger as you no more hate them rather a healthy and loving relationship is established with them.

After your successful efforts in developing love for above persons, now you may repeat the same exercise with more persons, they are not meeting you often but know you well. Gather information on their positive qualities and read them regularly till you start loving them. Make sure this process of practicing appreciation of positive qualities of all those persons in your list is continuous till you start loving each and every individual on this earth.

Being Beautiful:

Once you have achieved that level of loving and appreciating everyone, you can move one step ahead and start loving every creation of this universe including animals, plants and non living objects you are using and coming across. This exercise will help you learning living peacefully with everyone and in every situation.

Take first step in positive direction and start above exercise for your welfare. Please remember, journey of thousand miles starts with single step taken in positive direction.

This practice has made you a living example of a perfect human being. And you have now mastered the art of Sundaram, being beautiful.

Developing Kindness:

After developing this habit of loving and appreciating everyone, your vision is now changed from negative to positive. You have learnt to see goodness in everyone and every thing in this universe. This attitude has made you kind and humane towards others. This kindness leads you doing good for everyone and makes you a generous person.

Kindness and generosity is considered to be unique quality of God Shiva. And you are now a living example of Shivam.

Practicing Truthfulness:

Your entire being is filled with love, appreciation, beauty, kindness, generosity and other positive traits. You have developed a habit of helping others in their needs. You are always doing well for everyone. Doing good for everyone with your thoughts, words and action is truthfulness. By continuously practicing truthfulness in your life, you are following principles of Satyam.

Thus your thoughts are now filled with love, your words are full of appreciation, your actions show kindness and generosity for every creation of this world and your vision depicts truthfulness. All these qualities have transformed you to a living example of the trinity, Satyam Shivam Sundaram.

Once you have attained this rare distinction of Satyam Shivam Sundaram, you will lead a peaceful, blissful and healthy life. Afterwards you must spread this message all over the world and help others achieving the same status. You must continue practicing on these qualities till everyone living on this earth attains the same status and this rare distinction becomes common phenomenon. In this way you will not only be instrumental in making your life peaceful and purposeful but also help establishing peace all over the world.

My best wishes and co-operation are always available to everyone for establishing kingdom of God on this beautiful planet earth.

God bless you all.

Quotes for Thoughts

Always tell the truth. That way you don’t have to remember what you said.” ~Mark Twain

“We must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.” ~George Bernard Shaw

“There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth.” ~Leo Tolstoy

“Wherever there is human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” ~Seneca

“Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.” ~Khalil Gibran

“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” ~Albert Pike

“Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege.” ~John D. Rockefeller Jr.

“You will discover that you have two hands. One is for helping yourself and the other is for helping others.” ~Audrey Hepburn

“Love is the beauty of the soul.” ~ Saint Augustine

“Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.” ~Confucius

“It is part and parcel of every man’s life to develop beauty in him. All perfect things have in them an element of beauty.” ~Henry Ward Beecher

“To love beauty is to see light.”  ~Victor Hugo


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