World Scripture, A Comparative Anthology Of Sacred Texts

Editor, Andrew Wilson


Chapter 13: Self-Cultivation And Spiritual Growth

1. Spiritual Growth
2. Cultivate the Good
3. Sincerity
4. Purity
5. Self-Control
6. Preparing the Start
7. Vigilance
8. Perseverance and Patience

A responsible life is not realized in a moment. Throughout a lifetime, effort must be invested continually for spiritual growth and self-development. A growing and fragile self, like any growing thing, requires cultivation. Good character is realized through constant cultivation of goodness. In particular, a mature person will have cultivated an attitude of sincerity, a pure heart, and a measure of self-control. The last few sections describe virtues which are required on the way: a proper start, heedfulness and vigilance during the journey, and perseverance to finally reach the goal.

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