14 January 2010

The seven heavenly virtues

(with a little help from Wikipedia)

Purity- Abstaining from sexual conduct according to one’s state in life. Courage and boldness. Embracing of moral wholesomeness and achieving purity of thought through education and betterment.

Self-control- Constant mindfulness of others and one’s surroundings; practicing abstention and moderation.

Generosity- a willingness to give. A nobility in thoughts and actions.

Persistence/effort- A zealous and careful nature in one’s actions and work. Decisive work ethic. Budgeting one’s time; monitoring one’s own activities to guard against laziness.

Peace- Forbearance and endurance through moderation. Resolving conflicts peacefully, as opposed to resorting to violence. The ability to forgive; to show mercy to sinners.

Kindness- Charity, compassion, friendliness and empathy for its own sake, without prejudice.

- Modest behavior, selflessness, and the giving of respect. Giving credit when credit is due; not unfairly glorifying oneself.

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