What are the duties for a man who wants to be happy in this world and in the next?

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Yudhisthira asks:

What are the duties for a man who wants to be happy in this world and in the next?

 Bhismadeva answers:

You must avoid three negative actions performed by the body:

1) Destroy the life of other creatures.

2) Steal the belongings of others.

3) Enjoy another man’s wife.

 

You must also avoid the four negative actions of the speech:

1) Unnecessary conversations.

2) Rudeness when speaking.

3) Defamation.

4) Lying. 

 

Also, avoid the three acts of the mind:

1) Coveting the possessions of others.

2) Injuring others.

3) Not believing in the instructions of the Scriptures.

 

If a man succeeds in curtailing these ten acts, he will surely pass through this world pleasantly and reach a good place in the next …

– From the Mahabharata.

 

 

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