REVIEWING the 5 “SUGGESTIONS” from the yoga master on how to function properly in society…
Living life as best we can is important. So. Live LIFE as BEST we can. PLEASE. Lets stop faff-ing around and making excuses for why we can’t put a little more effort into our daily lives to make changes. We can all use some more change. Have you reached your absolute potential? Hmmmm… I know I haven’t. It is true that we are exactly where we are supposed to be today. However if we don’t set the intention to be our better selves and put it out in the universe while making a deliberate effort… it isn’t going to happen. We need to reach for it ourselves. We can’t become better though osmosis, not on planet EARTH at least. BE the good. Create it. You can be the beginning! Little steps at a time. This is why I am here, on this blog… to a) remind myself of this simple truth and b)remind you of this simple truth. We can all be better people one step at a time.
This is why we have been discussing Patanjali. He is the yoga man. He wrote down all the “highlights” from HUGE volumes of Vedic texts and oral verses that had been passed down generation to generation for centuries. He did this so we could all benefit from what the ancient Brahmins were told by the cosmos on how to live the life most fulfilling. The composition he put together, the Yoga Sutra is GOLD. It doesn’t matter if you are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, atheist or Agnostic, there are so many valuable things to be taken (and SHARED) out of the sutras. He clearly outlines eight steps to enlightenment (the discovery of our own true nature). Eight. The first branch of action steps are called “the YAMAS”. Moral restraints, they explain how to live in harmony with society. We have already discussed them in detail, and now we will review and re-iterate.
1. Ahmisa: Non-Violence
Don’t hurt any living things, including yourself. Try being NICE to yourself. Also, avoid eating poorly treated animals. Or animals at all, up to you to think about it and to practice, please at least think about your relationship with meat… no good avoiding an issue because it is uncomfortable for you.
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2. Satya: Truthfulness
Don’t lie to others. But also, don’t hurt them. That means, don’t go around “being honest” if it is going to hurt others. Unless you are a reporter for an entertainment magazine, avoid telling “truths” that are going to cause pain. Ahimsa trumps satya. At the same time, don’t run around lying to people to make them feel good about themselves, a nice gesture, but wrong none the less… also don’t fib to make yourself look better then you are. Be right sized. Honest. Satya.
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3. Asteya: Non-Stealing
Non-Stealing seems pretty obvious but we might be thieves without knowing it. Just because we aren’t “bad” people, doesnt’ mean we are the best we can be, thus robbing others of our own best selves… this can be changed by 4 simple actions…
1)not taking advantage of people, at all
2) really listening to people when they are talking to you and giving well thought out, helpful feedback (or just a genuine pair of ears)
3) SMILE at those around you in life, the people on the street, the road, the train, the grocery store… where ever. And lastly…
4) Stop comparing yourself to others and be NICE to yourself. Use the voice in your head to create joy, not to kill it.
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4: Brahmacharya: Harness your Desires
It’s not ALL about sex, but sex is a large part of it. Brahmacharya is about resisting in a spiritual genuine fashion, all things that we may lust over. Brahmacharya can be practiced around anything we may be overly attached to in the physical realm. These things all take away our potential energy to achieve the INCREDIBLE.
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5: Aparigraha: Non-Hoarding…or LET GO
Let it go, let it go, let it go. Live life with open palms so all things enter and exist effortlessly. The post “Live with Open Palms” is a must read, and a must DO to really live a fulfilling, happy, life…
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So, those are the yamas. 5 behaviors suggested by Patanjali to maintain a balanced society. 5 concepts that make sense and can create magic in our lives, and our relationships when practiced diligently. The good news is its only the beginning. Only the 1st of 8 steps! For now, be the best that you can be (forgive the cheesy-ness, but please…do it!) Next up… the Niyamas…