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Thought is a great power given only to human beings by God. Our existence at the worldly plane depends on our thought process. That is why the saying goes like " You are what your thought is." In the spiritual plane also our thought plays a very important role. You reach your spiritual goal only if you constantly think about it. If the thoughts are scattered here and there the goal will become dim and finally vanish into oblivion. But if we constantly think of the goal giving priority to that under all circumstances, slowly we change into a divine being and become Master like. Master says when we really become spiritual every cell in our body becomes divinized. In the eighth maxim He gives a very simple practice by which we can divinize the food that we take, which when absorbed in the body will create a feeling of divinity in us. " Be happy to eat in constant Divine thought whatever you get, with due regard to honest and pious earnings."
We are given the practice here to use our thought power to attain our goal of becoming divine. Happiness (at the divine level it is bliss) is a condition next to the divine. By keeping this condition with the thought of the divine we are keeping the thought of our final goal at the time of eating. By the power of this thought, the external food that we take is divinized. It goes through our internal system and the divine effect percolates down to the level of each cell in our body. The maxim also brings us the importance of honest and pious approach to our activities in life without which the mind cannot be regulated. If we are not honest and pious it will pollute and disturb the mind, and we will be off track from our goal. The thing that we got from nature at the time of creation is always pure. The thing that we create can also be pure if it is earned through honest and pious actions.
Imbibing all the good, divine qualities and applying them in our day-to-day life are the only way to be on the right track in our spiritual journey. An indication of the right approach in this direction in our life is the way others feel their love for you. The divine qualities will always attract the loving response from others. The ninth maxim projects this aspect of our living: " Mould your living so as to rouse a feeling of love and piety in others." The ideal approach in this direction is to create perfect harmony between our actions and that of the divine, which we observe in nature.
The longest time that you get for spiritual practice is really the nighttime. Give the right inner suggestions to take maximum advantage of the longest gap that you get in a day. This is also the time when you will not be practically disturbed by the external world. Try to get a connection with the divine by the right suggestion and by the right application of the mind using your power of thought. The tenth maxim and the night prayer meditation can be effectively used for this purpose. The maxim gives this instruction: " At bed time, feeling the presence of God, repent for the wrongs committed. Beg forgiveness in a supplicant mood, resolving not to allow the repetition of the same." When we feel the presence of God, we feel the closeness of Master. When we repent for the wrongs committed, the mere thought of repentance in the divine presence of Master shakes us away from the track of wrong thought waves. Again when we beg forgiveness with a resolve not to follow the wrong path, the closeness of Master, which we feel in our heart, gives enormous inner strength to adhere to the right path, and thereby helping our spiritual evolution.
It is very clear now that the ten maxims are the best tools for character formation. Master says, "Character formation is your responsibility and spiritual progress is my responsibility." Ten maxims should therefore, form the base of our worldly life to form our character and sustain the spiritual condition that Master bestows upon us through each sitting.