Song of Eighteen “Ities”
Serenity, regularity, absence of
Be tranquil within. Let that inner peace and joy radiate
serene countenance. A serene countenance is peaceful,
serious and does not betray any violent emotions. It is
surface of a still lake.
Be regular in your daily habits, and in your work and
practices. Get up at a particular time. Be clock-like in
daily activities. You will be free from worry, fear,
haphazard and shabby work. You will do the right thing at
3. ABSENCE OF VANITY
Do not boast of your birth, position, qualifications and
attainments. Praise others. See good in all. Treat even
lowliest creatures as your equal and with respect.
Let your words agree with the thoughts; let your actions
with your words. Let there be harmony among your
Be artless. Be simple in your speech. Do not twist words
topics. Be plain; avoid diplomacy, cunningness and
simple in your dress. Be simple in your food.
Be truthful. Stick to your promises. Do not exaggerate.
twist facts. Think twice before you speak. Speak
sweetly. Be precise in what you say.
Be calm. Bear insult patiently. Bear injury, suffering,
and disrespect calmly. Do not be elated by praise,
success and honour. Look upon both with equal vision.
towards friends and foes. Never let anything disturb your
Remember that you cannot achieve anything if you are
fickle-minded. Choose your goal or ideal and remember it
Never let it go out of mind even for a moment.
Irritability is the precursor of violent outbursts of
carefully for the disturbance in the mental equilibrium.
the ripples of anger that might rise in the lake of the
Quell them then and there. Do not allow them to assume
proportions. Then you will attain peace.
Understand well the nature of people with whom you come
contact. Adjust your mode of approach to them. Adjust
such a way as to be pleasing to them. Joyfully bear with
eccentricities of others. Always react in a harmonious
Serve all and love all. Have the feeling that the Lord
the hearts of all as the Self of all.
Respect everybody. Bow with folded hands before
in a loud voice before elders and venerable persons. Look
toes while you walk. See the Lord in all and feel that
servant and so the servant of all. Consider none as
This is the natural friend of fixity. Once you have fixed
and chosen your path, stick to it. Do not waver. Be
Never compromise on your fundamental principles. Have
attitude: “I may give up my life but I will not swerve
path; I will not break my vows.”
Develop an integral personality. Tie all the loose ends
character. Become a man of high moral principles. Lead a
righteousness. Let righteousness waft its sweet fragrance
you. Everyone will trust you, obey you, respect you and
Shun mean-mindedness as dung and poison. Never look into
defects of others. Always appreciate the good qualities
everyone. Be dignified in bearing. Never stoop to
thoughts, words and actions.
Take a broad view of things. Ignore the faults of others:
and noble-minded in whatever you do. Avoid silly talk and
prattle. Let not the mind dwell on little things and
Give, give and give. This is the secret of abundance.
thoughts of goodness and love. Forgive the faults of
the man who injures you. Share what you have with
Disseminate spiritual knowledge to one and all. Use the
wealth, knowledge and spiritual wisdom that you possess
In whatever you give be liberal. Have a large heart. Do
miserly. Take delight in the joy of others, in making
Generosity is a sister-virtue of charity. It is the
charity, magnanimity and nobility.
Be pure at heart. Eradicate lust, anger and greed. Be
thoughts. Think of God always. Think of the well-being of
pure in your words; never utter harsh, unkind words. Be
body. Keep it clean and healthy. Let the dress and
clean. Observe the rules of physical, moral and spiritual
These eighteen “Ities” will pave the way for you to march
kingdom of God. They will open for you the gates of
You will achieve great success in this life itself. A man
possesses these qualities in a very large measure is a
indeed, who will be respected, adored and worshipped by