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Yamas & Niyamas

TWENTY VIRTUES – THE YAMAS & NIYAMAS

The following are the important list of do’s and don’ts in the Hindu religion foremost exemplied by one and all.

The YAMAS – RESTRAINTS

01. AHIMSA – NONINJURY
We do not harm others by thought, word or deed.

02. SATYA – TRUTHFULNESS

We refrain from lying and betraying promises.

03. ASTEYA – NONSTEALING
We neither steal, covet or enter into debt.

04. BRAHMACHARIYA – SEXUAL PURITY
We control lust by remaining celibate when single or faithful in marriage.

05. KSHAMA – PATIENCE
We rest in intolerance with people and impatience with circumstances.

06. DHRITI – STEADFASTNESS

We overcome non-perseverance, fear, indecision and changableness.

07. DAYA – COMPASSION
We conquer callous, cruel and insensitive feelings toward all beings.

08. ARJAVA – HONESTY
We renounce deception and wrongdoing.

09. MITAHARA – MODERATE APPETITE
Wedo not eat too much or consume meat, fish, chicken or eggs.

10. SAUCHA – PURITY
We avoid impurity in body, mind and speech.

The NIYAMAS – PRACTICES

01. SANTOSHA – CONTENTMENT
We seek joy and serenity in life.

02. TAPAHA – AUSTERITY
We perform sadhana, penance, tapas and sacrifice.

03. DANA – CHARITY

We tithe and give creatively without thought of reward.

04. ASTIKYA – FAITH
We believe firmly in god, gods, guru and the path to enlightenment.

05. ISVARAPUJANA – WORSHIP

We cultivate devotion through daily worship and meditation.

06. MATI – COGNITION
We develop a spiritual will and intellect with with a guru’s guidance.

07. SIDDHANTASRAVANA – SCRIPTUAL STUDY

We study the teachings and listen to the wise of the lineage.

08. HRI – REMORSE
We are modest and show shame for misdeeds.

09. VRATA – SACRED BOWS
We fulfill religious vows, rules and observances faithfully.

10. JAPA – RECITATION
We chant holy mantrams daily.