Integrity of Mind, Speech, and Actions (May, 2015)

Has it happened to you that you met a person for the first time and you were highly impressed? You couldn’t figure why it was so: was it because of that person’s behavior, speech, or simple act of being present. Whatever the reason be, that person possesses something that draws others. That “something” is Integrity: integrity of thoughts, words, and actions. This month’s topic for kid’s assignment is ‘Integrity of Mind, Speech, and Actions’ (विचारों, वचनों, और कर्मो की एकरूपता).
In the Hinduism, the Integrity of thoughts, words, and actions is considered to be the foundation of the human character. It requires that one must keep all of these three aspects in perfect alignment. If even one of them goes out-of-sync, the person will ultimately gain unhappiness, pain, and sorrow.
Our Rishis have also used Integrity as the basis to define Dharam (righteous behavior) and Adharam (prohibitive behavior). Anything that one can think, speak, and do in a perfect harmony alone is Dharam, and everything else is Adharam.
A cunning person (one who lacks integrity) may seem to succeed in life for a while, but, eventually, reality catches up. Our history is replete with examples – and we do often see it in real life – which show that the successes of deceitful persons are fleeting; finally, such people lose fame, wealth, and/or happiness. At that stage, no one wants to be associated with those disgraceful people.
Aside from social credence aspect, God also loves persons of integrity only. God is omniscient – we cannot expect Him to listen to our prayers if we speak one thing, do something different, and think altogether differently. To gain God’s blessings we must develop purity of thoughts, words, and deeds. At that stage, we automatically start achieving lasting successes and auspicious qualities (including magnetic personality) as God’s blessings.
Now, after knowing the importance of this trait, we must stay vigilant ensuring our thoughts, words, and actions are always perfectly aligned. Whenever we see ourselves making mistake or deviating, we must take actions to correct it. Only then we will become eligible to receive God’s blessings and gifts.
This month, kids will present their understanding of the topic, their views, and real-life examples.
Harsh Mendiratta