Food for your soul
Nourish your heart
Light for your heart
Consider if the actions you are taking are really taking you towards your goals or... are you making choices that are detrimental to you?
Aparigraha is the last of the Yamas and possibly one of the greatest opportunities for inner peace and freedom... What does it mean? Non-hoarding, non-possessiveness, non-seizing... are we acquiring and holding on to things which we do not need?
There is a famous quote by Mahatma Gandhi, “There is enough for everybody’s needs, but not for everybody’s greed.” Cultivation of Aparigraha is both the invitation and opportunity to look at our own lives and see how we collect or possibly even hoard things that we do not need.
Yama number four is Brahmacharya... We might translate it as ‘moving towards truth’ and in order to do so it is essential to practise self-restraint.
The third of the Yamas is ASTEYA, non-stealing. ‘Thou shalt not steal’ is very familiar in our culture coming from the Christian tradition and being another very obvious part of the moral code shared by many traditions and cultures.
We have laws which make theft of any kind... mugging, robbery, shoplifting etc... not forgetting copyright laws and patents... illegal. There are also laws regarding slander and libel which help protect people’s reputations. The legal system quite rightly punishes those who break the law.
SATYAM is the second of Patanjali’s Yamas and it means TRUTH.
We all know what happened to Pinocchio when he told lies... Indeed honesty and truthfulness are virtues aspired to in all moral codes, for telling lies can have dire consequences, but let us delve into this concept a little deeper.
ISVARA PRANIDHANA may be translated as Surrender to the Divine
We may study a whole range of things in our lifetimes but ultimately the most important subject of study is our Self.