In addition to gaining knowledge about Hinduism, we are also expected to live according to that knowledge.

There are verses:

acharah prabhavo dharmah


suna: puccham iva vyartham pANDityam dharma varjitam

Dharma lies in achara.
The knowledge of a Pundit who does not follow its tenets, is useless like a dog's tail (neither covers the private parts nor able to drive away flies).

I'm curious to find out how users here try to mold their lifestyle according to tenets of shastras.

For example, getting up before sunrise (brahma-muhurta) daily, avoiding garlic/onion in diet, avoiding sensual temptations, doing sandhya-vandana, chanting sahasranama, japa, fasting, visiting temples/kshetras etc. (not that I do all these, just listing some stuff)

What practices have you been doing for a long time?

Did learning something through this site affect your mind enough to bring a major change in daily life?

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  • What do you mean by "person who has Gnana but does not follow its tenets"? You mean a self realized person who don't follow dharma sastras? – Spark Sunshine Nov 25 '18 at 16:00
  • @NaveenKick, no I mean a person who has knowledge of dharma shastras but doesn't follow them – ram Nov 25 '18 at 23:02
  • I think you should remove the part "person who has knowledge of....." – Krishna Shweta Nov 26 '18 at 16:24
  • @KrishnaShweta, which part exactly, and why ? – ram Nov 26 '18 at 18:16
  • "useless like a dog's tail" point. Because reason for not following daily rituals could be some personal work like college or office. So I think we shouldn't call someone "useless" – Krishna Shweta Nov 27 '18 at 10:49
  • @KrishnaShweta, calling the knowledge useless, not the person. knowledge without action corresponding to it is like dog's tail - it exists but it doesn't serve purpose. it says pandityam, not panditah. also, this is not opinion that I came up with. I edited question from person to knowledge. – ram Nov 27 '18 at 19:24

There is lot of contribution due to this site in my knowledge & lifestyle. Following points are mix of inspiration from here as well as something being followed even before:

  • Waking up at 4:30 am and get ready for work by 7:00 am
  • PrAnAyAma (breathing exercise) & VyAyama (mix of stretching & what's referred as "Yoga" in popular culture) early morning; Also added Surya namaskara
  • Bathing at least twice, morning and evening; followed by quick pray to an idol, lighting Agarbatti & tilak on forehead
  • Eating at regular time and avoiding anything except breakfast, lunch, dinner (tried 2 meals but failed)
  • At least 1 day skipping a meal (usually Sundays)
  • Visiting a nearby Hanuman temple at least once in a week/fortnight
  • Being considerate & respectful towards other religions & beliefs
  • Due to above, I have succeeded in developing natural dislike for spicy food; However, onion + garlic are used occasionally (though my family members strictly don't)
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  • the first one you listed is almost impossible for me due to bad habits from college.. why you choose Sundays for skipping.. maybe shift to ekadashi ? i still need spicy food otherwise i'll just sleep all day :) but the smell of onion is repulsive now (i used to enjoy it in college) – ram Nov 19 '18 at 4:03
  • Last second point: Very commendable. Many people on the site don't have that respect at all and abuse other beliefs. They also make personal attacks on other users having agenda. Nice to see someone learn something from this site. – User9125 Nov 19 '18 at 9:00
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    @User9125, what does having an agenda mean ? If I personally attack rishis/scriptures, it would be silly of me to expect that others should not personally attack me. Most users on this site are like India - no-first-strike-policy. – ram Nov 20 '18 at 6:57
  • @ram I don't know what you are talking about. I was referring to some other comment from my own experience on the site. I posted a comment about acceptance and OP, then I was said I am running political campaign. hinduism.meta.stackexchange.com/q/1495/9125 This would give you some context on what I was saying about. – User9125 Nov 20 '18 at 17:20

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