Give a Helping Hand

 It’s of no use to blame or dislike others. If you don’t like someone, you don’t have to go near that person. But don’t create problems for the person or condemn him or her either. It’s even better to try to find out why you don’t like someone. Analyze it. You may not like certain…

Smile at Him

Question: In order to overcome my fear of being beaten up, I am learning how to fight. Is this the proper course? Answer: First of all, let me remind you that however well you might learn to fight, there will always be a better fighter than you. You may not be beaten up by a…

The Benefits of Ahimsa

Ahimsa is not causing pain. Some authors translate it as non-killing, but it is not that. Himsa means to cause pain; ahimsa, not to cause pain. Killing is different from causing pain. Causing pain can be even more harmful than killing. Even by your words, even by your thoughts, you can cause pain. When the…

Questions and Answers on the Yamas

Question: In the Ramayana and Mahabharata, it’s clear that there was killing. The Gita itself takes place on a battlefield. How is this explained and justified in terms of ahimsa? Answer: In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna talks about non‑violence to Arjuna and says, “You should be a good yogi following non‑violence, so get up, go…

Benefits of Non-covetousness

Aparigraha is the fifth limb of yama (self-restraint). Parigraha is covetousness or greed, to possess and enjoy objects of the senses. Aparigraha is the opposite of parigraha. This is non-covetousness or non-acceptance of gifts; it is the absence of craving to possess and enjoy sensual objects. It is a mental state (bhava), wherein the sensual…

Thieves!

Asteya is non-stealing. This is one of the five limbs of yama (self- restraint). This is also another form of self-restraint. Why does a man steal? He wants some thing. When he cannot get it by legitimate ways of earning, he begins to steal things. Desire (tr�r:a) or want is the root cause for stealing.…