By My Life the light of good character surpasses the light of the sun and its effulgence.
These passages from “The Tablet to the True Seeker” offer practical guidelines for true character transformation.
"That seeker should, also, regard backbiting as grievous error, and keep himself aloof from its dominion, inasmuch as backbiting quencheth the light of the heart, and extinguisheth the life of the soul.
"He should be content with little, and be freed from all inordinate desire.”
Contentment is a virtue that is out of fashion. Being happy with what you have rather than constantly looking for something better, bigger and more expensive.
"He should treasure the companionship of them that have renounced the world, and regard avoidance of boastful and worldly people a precious benefit.”
Walking lightly upon this earth - harming no one and with a spirit of compassion and contentment.
"At the dawn of every day he should commune with God, and, with all his soul, persevere in the quest of his Beloved.”
Drawing close to the source of life every morning reminds you of your place in the Universe - and helps you start the day with a fresh outlook.
This is one of my favorite morning prayers:
Refresh and gladden my spirit.
Purify my heart.
Illumine my powers.
I lay all my affairs in Thy hand.
Thou art my Guide and my Refuge.
I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved;
I will be a happy and joyful being.
I will no longer be full of anxiety,
nor will I let trouble harass me.
I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life.
Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself.
I dedicate myself to Thee,
Replace negative thinking with positive thought - replace every hateful thought with one of compassion.
"He should succor the dispossessed, and never withhold his favor from the destitute.”
Develop a heart for the homeless and down-trodden - every little bit helps.
"He should show kindness to animals, how much more unto his fellowman,"
How a person treats a helpless animal says a lot about their character.
"to him who is endowed with the power of utterance. He should not hesitate to offer up his life for his Beloved, nor allow the censure of the people to turn him away from the Truth.”
Apply your skills and gifts toward benefitting others - a compassionate life.
"He should not wish for others that which he doth not wish for himself, nor promise that which he doth not fulfill. "
Going beyond the golden rule - not just treating others as you’d like to be treated - but wishing for others what you’d wish for yourself. Even your intentions matter. Keep your promises and vows - be reliable - impeccable character.
"With all his heart he should avoid fellowship with evildoers, and pray for the remission of their sins.”
Avoiding people that are a bad influence but praying for them when encountered. No condemnation.
"He should forgive the sinful, and never despise his low estate, for none knoweth what his own end shall be. How often hath a sinner attained, at the hour of death, to the essence of faith, and, quaffing the immortal draught, hath taken his flight unto the Concourse on high! And how often hath a devout believer, at the hour of his soul’s ascension, been so changed as to fall into the nethermost fire!”
Live life gratefully - aware that you could be in the same circumstances were it not for mercy - forgiveness and mercy without self-righteous comparison.