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Scripture Name: Shikshapatri English
26. Shlok 27
  One shall never associate with thieves, sinners, drug addicts, hypocrites, licentious and such other deceitful persons.
27. Shlok 28
  One shall never associate with those people who under the pretext of preaching religion or devotion to God, seek wealth, women or worldly pleasures and commit sin.
28. Shlok 29
  One shall never hear or believe those scriptures in which the existence of Lord Shree Krishna and his incarnations have been skilfully and deceitfully denied or degraded.
29. Shlok 30
  One shall never drink unfiltered water or milk nor bathe with water which contains many organisms.
30. Shlok 31
  One shall never take medicine which contains alcohol or meat, nor take medicine from an unknown physician.
31. Shlok 32
  One shall never excrete, urinate or spit in places which have been prohibited by religious scriptures and society (dilapidated temples, banks of rivers or ponds, main roads, fields sown with seeds, shades of trees, orchards, gardens).
32. Shlok 33
  One shall never enter or exit through a secret way and shall not occupy, even temporarily any private property without the permission of its owner.
33. Shlok 34
  My male disciples shall never listen to the religious discourses given by females, nor enter into arguments with female rulers and courtiers.
34. Shlok 35
  One shall never insult a Guru, a person who is great, dignified, learned or armed.
35. Shlok 36
  One shall never perform duties pertaining to one’s social affairs without careful consideration, where as duties pertaining to Dharma shall be performed immediately.  Those who are learned shall impart their knowledge to others and shall always associate with saintly persons.
36. Shlok 37
  One shall never go empty handed to a Guru, a deity or a king.  One shall never commit a breach of trust and shall never praise oneself.
37. Shlok 38
  My disciples shall never wear clothes, which are likely to cause any indecent exposure of the body.
38. Shlok 39
  One shall never practice devotion to Lord Shree Krishna without observance of Dharma and shall never give up devotion to Shree Krishna for fear of being criticised by ignorant persons.
39. Shlok 40
  All those who come to the temples of Lord Shree Krishna either daily or on festival days, shall keep themselves away from the opposite sex, by not even touching.
40. Shlok 41
  Those of my Brahmin, Kshatriya and Vaishya disciples who have been initiated into the devotion of Shree Krishna by their Guru shall always wear around their neck a double Kanthi prepared from Tulsi wood and shall mark their forehead, chest and both arms with a Tilak.
41. Shlok 42
  The Tilak shall be made with Gopichandan stick or with consecrated sandal paste mixed with Kum-Kum (saffron or red powder) duly offered to Lord Krishna.
42. Shlok 43
  In the centre of the Tilak, one a shall make a Chandlo (round mark) of Gopichandan or Kum-Kum, which has been offered to Radha or Lakshmi.
43. Shlok 44
  My Sat-Shudra disciples who are devotees of Shree Krishna and observing their Dharma, shall wear a Tulsi Kanthi and shall mark the Tilak similar to those of  Brahmins, Kshatriyas and Vaishyas.
44. Shlok 45
  My disciples who belong to the substrata of society shall wear a sanctified double rosary of sandalwood around their neck and shall place only a round mark on their forehead but not a Tilak.
45. Shlok 46
  Brahmins and others who have for generations marked their foreheads with Tripundra (a three-fold horizontal mark) and worn a necklace of Rudraksha beads on account of family traditions and customs, shall continue to do so even after becoming my devotee.
46. Shlok 47
  No distinction shall be made between Narayan and Shiva, as they are both proclaimed as Brahmanswarupa by the Vedas.
47. Shlok 48
  My disciples shall never practice the relaxations, permitted by scriptures for extreme calamities, as the principal rules in the event of temporary adverse conditions.
48. Shlok 49
  All my disciples shall get up daily before sunrise, offer prayers to Lord Shree Krishna and then go to answer the call of nature.
49. Shlok 50
  Thereafter, sitting in one place, they shall brush their teeth, bathe with clean water and then wear one washed cloth around the waist and one around the upper part of the body.
50. Shlok 51
  Then they shall sit in a clean place, on a clean and suitable cloth, untouched by others and facing north or east shall perform Achaman.
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