Yesterday we explored the characteristics of a pure soul. We understand that right now, I, the soul, am away from my pure state. Today we shall understand the process of purification of the soul. The malware that has crept into the soul and is interfering with its pure and powerful state is lust, anger, ego, attachment and greed which can collectively be called vices. Restoring the soul to its original state of purity is a three step process:
1) Introducing into myself, the soul, the antidote to these vices i.e peace, purity, love, bliss and power.
2) Not using the acquired vices in thought, words and behavior and hence losing it gradually.
3) Vices are embedded into the soul in the form of sanskars. These sanskars get triggered by association. For example, during the day, we encounter sights, sounds, touches, smells that trigger vicious feelings. Also, ruminating over the past triggers associations that bring these vices into play. Hence, exercising restraint in interacting with audio visual mediums and also engaging in more of conscious reflective thinking rather than unconscious automated thinking.