When you study these steps of the Yoga, try to practice them to the best of your ability. — Swami Abhedananda
- Ahimsa: Anyone who has conquered the feeling of injuring others, has conquered fear from either animal or other human beings in his presence.
- Satya: We are stating the ideals of a Yogi. These ideals are very high. We should try to be truthful when ever we are not forced into the opposite feeling.
- Astey: In the first place, we will remember that the feeling of possession arises from a strong attachment to our petty animal self. First of all, that attachment is to the physical body, and then to anything that is related to the physical body.
- Brahmacharya: Continence is the next virtue. We must not waste our energy, which is dissipate in most cases by men and women who do not understand the laws of life.
- Aparigraha: Non-receiving of any gifts is also a virtue. Here the gifts, of course, do not include those that are given by friends or relatives through love, but only such gifts as to obligate and bind us, because there is the motive of getting better things in return.
We will read about the five Niyama in the next post.