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Ahimsa
Non-violence, Non-injury, Non-Harm, Compassion for all living things
• Refers to not only physical violence, but also the violence of words or thoughts
• To practice this is to be constantly vigilant, to observe ourselves in interaction with others and to notice our thoughts and intentions
• In considering Ahimsa, it’s helpful to ask, “Are my thoughts, actions, and deeds fostering the growth and well being of all beings?”
Satya
Truthfulness, Honesty
• This Yama is based on the understanding that honest communication and action form the bedrock of any healthy relationship, community, or government, and that deliberate deception, exaggerations, and mistruths harm others
• Speak with the intention of being truthful, given that what you call the “truth” is filtered through your own experiences and beliefs about the world
• Not lying, not gossiping, not concealing the truth, not exaggerating
Asteya
Non-stealing
• Often understood as not taking what is not ours, it can also mean not taking more than we need
• Not robbing people of their own experiences and freedom
• Non-desire for another’s possessions, qualities or status
Brahmacharya
Moderation, Sexual mindfulness – in thought, word and deed as well as control of all the senses
• Does not mean giving up sex, it also means to transmute the energy of sex into something else, principally, devotion to God / Divine Spirit
• Ultimately it is not a matter of whether we use our sexual energy but how we use it
• In looking at your own relationship to sexual energy, consider whether the ways you express that energy that bring you closer to or farther away from your spiritual self
Aparigraha
Non-possessiveness, Non-greed, Non-selfishness, Not grasping
• Voluntary simplicity, not accumulating things beyond what is necessary, non-attachment to possessions
• Greed is not just confined to material goods – we may hunger after enlightenment, difficult asanas, spiritual powers, or perfect bliss
• The practice of Aparigraha also requires that we look at the way we use “things” to reinforce our sense of identity – objects such as the right clothes, car, house, job, or image to maintain this illusion