Posts Tagged ‘asteya’

Asteya: Non-stealing

October 26, 2009

Asteya: Non-stealing

Steya means “to steal”; Asteya is the opposite– take nothing that does not belong to us.

This is not exactly the same as “Thou Shalt Not Steal.” It also has aspects of “Thou shall not covet.” If someone entrusts something to us or confides in us, we do not take advantage of him. Non-stealing includes not only taking what belongs to another without permission, but also using something for a different purpose to that intended. The practice of asteya implies not taking anything that has not been freely given.

Things you can try to practice Asteya

Be considerate when demanding another’s attention and time

Don’t want what someone else owns

Don’t compare and want what others have in physical ability, beauty, youth, material wealth, fame, power or love.

Ask yourself if you truly need what it is that you want

Affirmation for Asteya

I respect people’s ideas and accomplishments

I honor what belongs to others

I am satisfied with what I have

I appreciate my abundance

I am whole and complete

I am at peace with myself

Journal Writing Exercises:

Write 3 ways that you are blessed

Is there anyone whose possessions or accomplishments you covet?

What makes you feel jealous or envious?

What have you misused that belongs to others?

Yoga Posture for Asteya -Natrajasana or the Dancer Posture.

This is a posture of that looks lovely when it is done well, but it is difficult to get to that place. When you see someone doing this posture, it takes asteya to not want what someone else can do.

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The Eight Limbs of Raja Yoga

September 25, 2009

Compiled by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras, the Eight Limbs are a progressive series of steps or disciplines which purify the body and mind, to enlightenment.

1. Yamas- Restraints
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

The five Yamas are:

Ahimsa: nonviolence, non-harming

Satya: truthfulness

Asteya: nonstealing

Brahmacharya: Moderation

Aparigraha: Non-attachment, Non-possessiveness

2. Niyama– Observances
Self-discipline and spiritual observances.

The five Niyamas are:

Saucha: cleanliness, Purity

Santosa: contentment

Tapas: dicipline, austerity

Svadhyaya: study of the sacred scriptures and of one’s self

Isvara pranidhana: surrender to God, awareness of the divine

3. Asana– evolution of your personal practice
Asanas, the postures practiced in yoga.

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4. Pranayama– Breathing
Breath control

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5. Pratyahara– Drawing senses inward (prepares us for dharana)
Withdrawal or sensory transcendence, the conscious effort to draw our awareness away from the external world and outside stimuli.

6. Dharana– concentration (prepares us for Dhyana)
dealing with the distractions of the mind itself.

7. Dhyana- Meditation or contemplation (leads to Samadhi)
The uninterrupted flow of concentration.

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8. Samadhi– Superconsciousness
One with everything

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