Meaning: According to the line of Rigved 1/75/1 – if you wish to achieve bodily and spiritual happiness, then be simple in your diet, in your daily routine and deeds and observe celibacy.
Message: Physical capacity is a very important requirement of the human life. No work is possible without good health. The labor for money, learning, status and honor is not possible for an unhealthy man. A man who is healthy can progress in carrying out the necessary works as well as working for the achievement of his ambitions. Proper alertness must be maintained for keeping good health and strength for sustaining physical capacity.
Proper diet, exercise, daily routine and restraint are required for individual health. If this system is disorganized, ill-health results. Bodily and spiritual happiness is achieved only by controlling the organs through restraint. The organs themselves are a means for the soul; they are the servants of the soul. God has provided the organs for fulfilling the soul’s needs and thus making man happy. All the organs are very useful and their activity is for the soul’s uplift and joy. If the organs are put to good use then man can continuously enjoy happiness in life and make it successful.
The fact is that the organs are an excellent means for satisfying the hunger of the conscience. Just as the body becomes weak if hunger and thirst are not satisfied with food and water, similarly the balance of the inner field (the heart or the conscience) gets disturbed if the hunger of the sense-organs is not properly satisfied and then many types of mental troubles occur. These days most men have become slaves of unbridled desires for indulging the senses and the uncontrolled desires devour the master himself.
Only self-control is the door to heavenly happiness and its main mantra is self-restraint. With self-restraint man obtains divine knowledge and peace of mind by the development of divine qualities. The person who does not realize the great glory and the extreme need of self-restraint cannot achieve spiritual freedom and spiritual wealth. As a result he becomes a slave of lust, temptations. Most of the material temptations in life are so attractive and intoxicating that they make us indiscreet, short-sighted and restless and we become the victims of desires of the senses, the desires for quick economic benefits, selfishness and similar temptations. We should strive for self-control by tremendous willpower and adopt the ideal of ‘simple living and high thinking’.
Self-control is the first ladder on the good path. With it, one achieves good virtues. This is the first and foremost requirement for real and organized religious life.
No Rain , No life
Living creatures are nourished by food, and food is nourished by rain, rain itself is the water of life, which comes from selfless worship and service.