Aparigraha (“You shall not hoard” or “You shall not covet”). Normally I think about the harvest festivals, which begin in the Northern Hemisphere with August's first harvest and occur every few weeks throughout the winter (Thanksgiving being most familiar in the US), when I think about non-hoarding. It is the time for being grateful, sharing… Continue reading Aparigraha a Yama for the Time of Corona
Brahmacharya is difficult to translate into Western terms. It literally means “under the tutelage of Brahma.” Brahmacharya refers to celibacy, religious study and self-restraint. It resembles expected behavior of monks and nuns in Christian monasteries. Yet, in Indian society, many people who practice brahmacharya are married with children, because without knowledge of human love one can’t… Continue reading Brahmacharya: A Balanced Life
we try to differentiate between petty and grand theft, but stealing a dollar is as harmful to our souls as stealing the Mona Lisa would be.
First in line is ahimsa, translated commonly as “non-harming.” It is the one associated with Mahatma Gandhi and non-violence. It arises from the recognition that all beings are one with the Supreme Being and, as such, are part of ourselves.
Ben Franklin said, "actions might be forbidden because they were bad for us, or commanded because they were beneficial to us." He might be right!