Here's a poem for those who are striving to live a highly spiritual life and seeking guidance on how to be an ideal Hindu. The poem appears in the Swami Chidananda's book 20 Important Spiritual Instructions, which is a compilation of talks by his guru Swami Sivananda that prescribes 20 duties for daily spiritual practice.
The poem in simple words and rhyme professes a pure and wise life of spiritual sadhana that can lead one to blessedness and enlightenment guided by Swami Sivananda's spiritual instructions in verse form. The 20 precepts mentioned in the poem revolve around Brahmamuhurta, asana, japa, dietetic discipline, meditation, charity, svadhyaya, brahmacharya, slokas, satsanga, fasting, japa mala, mouna, speaking the truth, frugal living, compassion and forgiveness, self-reliance, self-analysis, sadachara, sarangati or surrender to god.
These instructions attempt at harmonizing the outer and the inner, with an emphasis on practicing the teachings of the ancient sages and seers of the Upanishads, the saints, who through the centuries, have graced and blessed India by their ideal life and immortal works.
The book touches all aspects of the spiritual life and serves as a useful vade mecum for people who want to lead a pious and righteous lifestyle. It talks about the prerequisites for all-round discipline - a forerunner to enlightening meditation.