Our definition of a principle is the way in which we conduct ourselves. This is distinctly different from our definition of a value, which is what we care about or what matters to us. These are the principles of enlightenment and love and are how we wish to act as members of the community and as advanced spiritual seekers. Each of these principles facilitates a strong foundation for a Bhakti Mystic Community. They also act to protect one’s energy from the common forms of energy dissipation that prevent spiritual progress and the embodiment of divine love.
Gratitude is a state of union with and awareness of what is. It is a heart knowledge and includes affectionate acceptance, a sense of being without entitlement. It is the result of a love in which we feel so complete that we feel blessed with anything more than our pure being.
Positivity is revolving around what you want, being grateful for what you have, believing anything is possible, believing everything will work out, seeing the best in things, and radiating with brightness.
Kindness is a feeling of enormous goodwill for another for no reason other than you see their innocence and eternal spirit. It’s a state of empathy and heart. Kindness is wanting for others what they want for themselves without personal motive or investment in the outcome. It requires listening with the heart to the subtle meaning and unspoken sentiment behind the words of another. It also requires complete independence to be complete without motive. Acts of kindness are the actions taken with the heart knowledge of kindness.
Gentleness is an energetic softness and graceful power that comes from acceptance of what is and self-knowledge of the principles which one lives and the related integrity. It is a state of effortless power and unstained love. Also referred to as meekness. This is the true definition of meekness, in the spiritual sense.
Independence is being whole and complete with oneself as spirit and not seeking or needing any form of escape through drug, entertainment, social interaction, or any worldly circumstance. It is a form of self-reliance, psychological independence, and spiritual wholeness. To love is to be in a state of complete independence, to be in union with the bliss of being, to realize the truth that being is bliss, and this bliss is only obscured by the attachments within the activity of thought. In the silence of the spirit, one can see that being is bliss.
Mindfulness is giving your full attention to what you are doing, without the response of thought, without projection, and without the interpretation of a conditioned mind. It is doing one thing at a time and giving it all of yourself, it is listening with all of your being, and it is having a beginners mind that is in a state of abeyance. It is walking meditation and necessary to cultivate the karma or state of mind required for deeper meditative experiences.
Sincerity is doing something for the sake of doing it. It comes from loving what you do and the purity and humility of doing it for the joy of doing it and not for any non-integral benefit. Only through sincerity can we truly realize our potential in what we are doing. Sincerity applied consistently results in mastery. To meditate deeply requires sincerity.