5 Yoga Principles of Yama – Social Discipline

Suzanne Barnett Loves Yoga

Following these 5 Social Disciplines will create a life of balance of mind and body. Will bring an inner energetic peace to your being. Your inner energy of love will alter the energy of everyone around you to one of peace, love and tranquility. Returning to your essence of non-judgement and selfless behavour.

1. Ahimsa – Non Violence

This includes mode of behaviour toward all living creatures, which means the abscence of harmful intentions whatsoever. This is to be followed on three levels; Physical, Oral and Mental. Control your actions, words and mind. Generate love and compassion toward all living creatures.

2. Satya – Truthfulness

One of the hardest disciplines for many because we rarely live in our own truth, whether truth of who we are, what we want to be or how we want to be. Remember that facts is fact, there is no other way than to accept. Do not hide the fact, accept the fact. When you lie you need a number of other lies to support the original lie. Untruthfulness in all its various forms creates all kinds of unnecessary complications in life. Truthfulness is absolutely necessary for the unfoldment of reality.

3. Asteya – Non-stealing (Honesty)

Sealing means to take anything without the permission of the owner. Yoga sadhaka should not take anything, which does not belong to him/her. Do not take anything intangible and yet highly prized thins as credits for things you have not done.

4. Brahmacharya – Sex Control

In its real sense it means the abstenance from sex indulgence and for higher yoga no compromise is possible. One cannot get real bliss and transcendental knowledge of higher yogic life and the sexual pleasures at the same time. For me I have to accept that sex is part of love and connection with another and therefore, I will never achieve the serious practice of higher yoga.

5. Aparigriha – Non-Possessiveness

We tend to accumulate worldly goods around us, maybe to show others what we have achieved, or to feel gratification and reward from our earnings. We satisfy our childish vanity and desire to appear superior to other fellow men. Time and energy is spent in the accumulation of possessions. Having completely zenned my life recently I realise that so much of these trappings are exactly that, trappings.

We spend our time maintaining and guarding the things we have accumulated and we are in constant fear of losing them, which brings pain to your body because of the stress of worry. If we leave these possessions behind, which is very difficult to do we may have regret. To me, it seems to make sense to minimise these stresses, my minimising our requirement for possession.

It's a big step to relinquish true possession, try putting some items away for a while that you THINK you need and see if you actually do use that item.

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