Asteya, knowing that everything is borrowed

The manuals say that the third of the Yamas or yogic precepts confines us to "not steal", that is, not to appropriate that which is not ours. And what's ours? Universal laws are not the same as social laws. Ours is what no one or anything can take from us: only the being is ours, what we are in essence. The rest we borrow to manifest ourselves and express our gifts in this life. Carmen old writes.

We have a great responsibility for the fortunate people who live with everything necessary for a decent subsistence in line with the society in which we find ourselves. The responsibility to use it to express and deliver without selfishness what the Universe is through us. That is, to live not to make the most of each of our actions, but to be fully spilling out what we are generously.

I remember that passage from The little Prince where you find the star counter you think you own them. The Little Prince, very strange, tells him how he takes care of the rose and the three volcanoes of his tiny planet: "It is useful to my volcanoes and it is useful to my flower that I possess them. But you're not useful to the stars"...

Practice Asteya it has little to do with having the goods registered in the Land Registry, but about trying to be useful through what we borrowed from the Earth. If our fruit is not good to others, of no correspondence between what we take and what we give, we would be stealing.

Asteya, living in the comfortable area of the world, is to be aware of this privilege and not to cease to try solidarity redistribution, in addition to consuming with respect and responsibility towards other living beings and towards the future of life. It's not taking advantage of others. It's dedicated our lives to caring. Asteya is the corresponding thanks to the same extent that we benefit.

This third Yama exhorts us to give each of our days as a grateful offering to life. To be as authentically as we can be at every moment, with the assurance that we are what the Universe needs of us, like a great orchestra where each plays his melody in harmony with others. Asteya, therefore, is the implementation of Ahimsa and Satya: the co-responsibility of the parties with the whole and the whole with the parties to be in authenticity and allowing the Universe to be. Asteya requires us to develop respect, gratitude and ethics. It has another name: justice.

Carmen old heir. Teacher of Yoga, Bachelor of Information Sciences and graduated by the Spanish Association of Yoga Practitioners and the Sivananda School.

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