How to apply (ethical) Yama to everyday life

The eight members or steps of the yoga of Patanjali are stages in the spiritual journey of the Yogi, a path of phases or seasons to achieve higher and more intuitive state of consciousness. They begin with Yama and Niyama.

Yama and Niyama are the ethical imperative to successfully follow the path of conscious evolution, although there are many practitioners of yoga which, confusingly, ignore them.

Yama is a set of observances to purify not only the spirit but the mind and behavior and able to aspire to inspire genuine ethics. Such are:

Not to be violent.
Non-violence (ahimsa) is attitude opposed to aggressiveness, hatred, anger and cruelty. Nonviolence must cultivate it to impregnate her both thoughts, as the words and acts, i.e., mental, verbal and body behavior be inspired by a sense of non-violence and compassion. Violence can never suppress violence, and the only thing that makes is to intensify it.
But it is not enough to prevent violent acts, they required that the language is also released from harsh words, acres, sardonicas, maledicentes or malicious, deceptive or handlers, aimed to create confusion and hatred. Control over the word is very necessary, because with the word much aggression and unhappiness can be exercised.
Non-violence is an attitude of respect for all creatures, avoiding damage to them, and, as said Gandhi, is the highest religion, the highest truth. It should treat others with healthy affection, kindness, affection, avoiding bad shapes or abrupt profiles, being tolerant and sympathetic. We must prevent violence in any form. You can be firm, learn to set limits, ensure yourself, but the mind must be free from Sanaa, desire of revenge, resentment and hatred.
You have to overcome violence through compassion, harmony and serenity, but also contributes to this especially correct understanding that makes us see with transparent clarity and understanding that eternal law which reads: "never hatred can be overcome by hatred; It is only through love that hatred can be overcome."

Not to lie.
No-lie and train in the truth (satyan) is critical on the path of conscious evolution. We lie to ourselves and we lie to others. We incur self-deceptions and justifications, culpabilizamos other, counts or distorting the truth, we are not sincere and eyebrows and confuse.
Sincerity is like a lamp in the long path of self-realization. Be honest with oneself is to discover and accept own failures to correct them, not attributed qualities which one lacks, unmask the self-deceptions. Be honest with others is to conform to the facts as they are, not distort, avoid defamation and slander, be sincere in the affections and avoid the hypocrisy, cynicism and manipulation. It is not only not to lie, but avoid disguising the truth. It is also to avoid criticism under, disqualifications, sow discord creating misunderstandings or misinterpretations.
It must not exaggerate or deceive, or try to impose ideas on others. Also really respect, tolerance, acceptance of self and others. It is impeccable behavior, thoughts and words straight and suitable acts. It should clarify and not darken, reconcile, and not separate.
Through surveillance of self and healthy self-control, one will learn to be more truthful, accurate, balanced and sincere. Many times lied, or we lie, by pure mechanicity, for not being attentive to the word that comes out of our mouth.

Not to steal.
Asteya has a very broad meaning and is closely related to the Former precept of truth.
Asteya is not only not steal, but not denigrate not manipulate, not to exploit, not deceive, not abuse, aspire not inordinately, not having a craving for own and retain, not cheat nor practice usury, not to abuse others, not dealing with what damage to humans (alcohol, substances toxic, etc.), not lust. In its counterpart, it also means to be generous, meet other needs, share, not envy, cooperate with each other.

Do not surrender to the lack of sexual control.
Brahmacharya is not repression, but an act of conscious suppression or transmutation (changing the sexual energy into spiritual energy) or reorientation of recanalization. It is chastity, but chastity which is required to have resigned or the sannyasin is not the person who leads an ordinary life. As yoga is balance and awareness, which recommends is sexual balance and not debauchery, avoiding sexual addiction or obsession.
Yoga believes that repression is harmful and mutilates our best energies, but that on the other end, the long indulgence of the senses, there is also confusion, dissemination of energy and obsession and compulsion. We must find the balance of food, sleep, work and leisure, in the relationship with oneself and with others. That's harmony, the equidistant point between those two imposters who are the extremes.
The sannyasin, resigned, dispenses with the sex as so many other things that they save you your direct way to self-realization, but the Yogi who is not renounced, what you have to do is live, including sexuality and sensory, with consciousness, detachment and equanimity.

Do not aspire to.
Yoga is, among many other things, an attitude and a technique of balance. This balance is sought in five primary sources of energy (food, breathing, rest, sleep and mental impressions) and also on the behaviour of life, avoiding extremes.
The balance is harmony, interior, this independence and well-being. The balance is not rigidity excessive laxity, or too much sensory indulgence nor inappropriate restriction.
Balance is health in the broadest sense of the word, and health also means the true and genuine ethics, which is to provide the means to make the others happy and avoid suffering.

By Ramiro Street

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By • 27 Sep, 2012 • section: Practice