Learning the rules of life

Do, 03/05/2009

You are on this planet for a very unique and big purpose, not just to eat, sleep and talk. Always remember that you are here for a greater cause and don’t lose your smile. For our own growth and strength, we need to follow some rules. They are called yama and niyama.
The first is ahimsa or non-violence which unites you with the whole creation. A practice of yoga, of realising that everything is a part of you is ahimsa.
The next is astheya - not missing what you don’t have at this moment. Totally accepting what is and not regretting is astheya.
Then comes brahmacharya which means moving beyond small identifications. Being not interested in shapes and forms of the body and seeing the infinite is brahmacharya.
The fourth is aparigraha — not taking what people have to give you. You often take much more insults than compliments people give you. Even if someone is giving you garbage, you don’t have to take it.
There are also some rules that ensure peaceful living in society. And then there are five rules for your inner development. The first one is cleanliness or shaucha -- keep yourself clean and wear clean clothes. Be clean from within. Leave anything that doesn’t sound right and bothers the mind.
The next rule is santosha or contentment. Be happy. If you don’t take a step towards being happy, nothing in this world can make you happy.
The third is forbearance or tapa. Tapa means putting up willingly with something that is uncomfortable. If you were asked to sit continuously for ten hours, you would never do it. But suppose you have to travel in the plane for a long time, you have no way out and willingly sit with the belt. Willingly accepting opposites is tapas. The rule is that change whatever you can, but accept if you cannot.
Then comes self-study of swadhyaya. Observe your mind and see what is going on. If you are feeling bad, just observe and you will start feeling good again. When you observe, all the feelings, good, bad, will change.
The last rule is ishwara pranidhaana — love of the Divine. Surrender to the Divine when you feel you are totally helpless and offer your feelings.
These rules make you very strong and complete. To be established in these rules, you need spiritual practices. Do some meditation, sadhana and service and keep your smile!

Read earlier posts

  • Listen To Your Heart

    May 27, 2015
    • Balancing Family & Work
    • Charity is Essential
    • Times When You Say 'No'
    • The Art of Living Journey
    • Understanding the Meaning of 'Maya'

    Smile And Make Smiles

    May 26, 2015
    • Help Make Others Smile
    • Wisdom Can Stop Violence
    • Confusion is a Blessing
    • A Way Out of Guilt
    • Remove Negativity With - Youthfulness
  • A Commitment To

    May 22, 2015
    • Steps to a Healthy Relationship
    • The Good Ego & Bad Ego
    • The Way to Control Emotions
    • Understanding Emotions

    Dealing With Emotions

    May 21, 2015
    • Superficiality Leads to Depression
    • Harbor Positive Emotions
    • What Self-realization Really Is
    • Meditation is Tranformational
  • Being Responsible

    May 20, 2015
    • YLTP Bringing Good Change
    • Be Responsible & Sincere
    • Media's Role in Spreading Happiness
    • Where is Heaven & Hell?

    Facts About Meditation

    May 19, 2015
    • What Meditation Is
    • Effects of Group Meditation
    • Sign of Enlightenment
    • Join Relief Work at Nepal
  • The Power Of Yoga

    May 18, 2015
    • A Way to Erase the Unpleasant
    • 3 Causes of Anxiety
    • Cure Depression with Yoga
    • Meditation Impacts Our Genes

    Nurturing Peace Through Yoga

    May 17, 2015
    • Yoga is not Just for the Body
    • Yoga Prevents Misery
    • Yoga Improves Communication Skills
    • Yoga Cures Depression
  • Right Kind Of Education

    May 15, 2015
    • Choose Flowers Not Guns
    • Meditation is not Concentration
    • 3 Golden Rules for Meditation
    • Education Should Bring Intuition
    • Stress is the Cause of Conflict

    My Birthday Gift

    May 14, 2015
    • My Birthday Gift
    • Keep Spreading Happiness
    • We Are All One
    • Keep Your Attention Inward
  • Empowered By Yoga

    April 24, 2015
    • All Babies do Yoga
    • Yoga Is Natural
    • Act with Mindfulness
    • Stress is the Root of Conflict
    • Yoga Makes You Responsible

    Life Is A Game

    April 21, 2015
    • Take Life as a Sport
    • Do All Acts with Mindfulness
    • Why Religion is Important
    • Intention Attention & Manifestation
    • Dealing with Bullies