10 Principles to Live By

Today as I was resting at home trying to recover from being sick I watched an old class that Siri Singh Sahib had taught in Los Angeles. During the lecture he talked about how he when he was very ill he had shared some thoughts with Siri Simran Kaur (who was like a daughter to him) and said that if she practiced these things then she could avoid danger.

I remember back in my high school days reading the below advice and thinking a lot about it. It’s like any wise advice, sometimes it doesn’t fully make sense until one really thinks about it more deeply. I think the different points were relevant and helped me at different stages of my life. 

Practical principles to avoid danger to yourself

  1. If you don’t want enemies, don’t have friends.
  2. Love is not a dove.
  3. Don’t be so sweet that people will want to eat you, or so bitter that people will want to throw you away.
  4. Open the lips, Sink the ship   (In other words, your words and the things you say have a great impact. Use with consciousness).
  5. Excellence, Elegance and Grace are the three elements of a human being. If somebody challenges these three in you then avoid that person.
  6. Only share your strengths, not your weaknesses.
  7. If somebody says "I Love you", wait for the next step. People use love as a hook, they say they love you but they are only out to get something from you.
  8. Trust all for nothing.
  9. Remember your blessings over your weaknesses.
  10. Don’t utter words in friendship that can be used against you in animosity.