"All spiritual teachings are only meant to make us retrace our steps to our Original Source. We need not acquire anything new, only give up false ideas and useless accretions. Instead of doing this, we try to grasp something strange and mysterious because we believe happiness lies elsewhere. This is a mistake."

 

— Ramana Maharshi

Ten Vedic Restraints - YAMA

  • Yama 1 - Noninjury, Ahimsa

Practice noninjury, not harming others by thought, word or deed, even in your dreams. Live a kindly life, revering all beings as expressions of the One Divine energy. Let goof fear and insecurity, the sources of abuse. Knowing that harm caused to others unfailingly returns to oneself, live peacefully with God’s creation. Never be a source of dread, pain or injury. Follow a vegetarian diet.

  • Yama 2 - Truthfulness, Satya

Adhere to truthfulness, refraining from lying and betraying promises. Speak only that which is true, kind, helpful and necessary. Knowing that deception creates distance, don’t keep secrets from family or loved ones. Be fair, accurate and frank in discussions, a stranger to deceit. Admit your failings. Do not engage in slander, gossip or backbiting. Do not bear false witness against another.

  • Yama 3 - Nonstealing, Asteya

Uphold the virtue of nonstealing, neither thieving, coveting nor failing to repay debt.Control your desires and live within your means. Do not use borrowed resources for unintended purposes or keep them past due. Do not gamble or defraud others. Do not renege on promises. Do not use others’ names, words, resources or rights without permission and acknowledgement.

  • Yama 4 - Divine Conduct, Brahmacharya

Practice divine conduct, controlling lust by remaining celibate when single and faithful in marriage. Before marriage, use vital energies in study, and after marriage in creating family success. Don’t waste the sacred force by promiscuity in thought, word or deed. Be restrained with the opposite sex. Seek holy company. Dress and speak modestly. Shun pornography, sexual humor and violence.

  • Yama 5 - Patience, Kshama

Exercise patience, restraining intolerance with people and impatience with circumstances. Be agreeable. Let others behave according to their nature, without adjusting to you. Don’t argue, dominate conversations or interrupt others. Don’t be in a hurry. Be patient with children and the elderly. Minimize stress by keeping worries at bay. Remain poised in good times and bad.

  • Yama 6 - Steadfastness, Dhriti

Foster steadfastness, overcoming nonperseverance, fear, indecision and changeableness. Achieve your goals with a prayer, purpose, plan, persistence and push. Be firm in your decisions. Avoid sloth and procrastination. Develop willpower, courage and industriousness.Overcome obstacles. Never carp or complain. Do not let opposition or fear of failure result in changing strategies.

  • Yama 7 - Compassion, Daya

Practice compassion, conquering callous, cruel and insensitive feelings toward all beings. See God everywhere. Be kind to people, animals,plants and the Earth itself. Forgive those who apologize and show true remorse. Foster sympathy for others’ needs and suffering. Honor and assist those who are weak, impoverished, aged or in pain. Oppose family abuse and other cruelties.

  • Yama 8 - Honesty, Arjava

Maintain honesty, renouncing deception and wrongdoing. Act honorably even in hard times. Obey the laws of your nation and locale. Pay your taxes. Be straightforward in business. Do an honest day’s work. Do not bribe or accept bribes. Do not cheat, deceive or circumvent to achieve an end. Be frank with yourself. Face and accept your faults without blaming them on others.

  • Yama 9 - Moderate Appetite, Mitahara

Be moderate in appetite, neither eating too much nor consuming meat, fish, shellfish or fowl. Enjoy fresh, wholesome vegetarian foods that vitalize the body. Avoid junk food. Drink non-alcoholic beverages. Eat at regular times, only when hungry, at a moderate pace, never between meals, in a disturbed atmosphere or when upset. Follow a simple diet, avoiding rich or fancy fare.

  • Yama 10 - Purity, Saucha

Uphold the ethic of purity, avoiding impurity in mind, body and speech. Maintain a clean, healthy body. Keep a pure, uncluttered home and workplace. Act virtuously. Keep good company, never mixing with adulterers, thieves or other impure people. Keep away from pornography and violence. Never use harsh, angered or indecent language. Worship devoutly. Meditate daily.

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BEGINNINGS: INDIAN STYLE

IN THE BEGINNING, ALL THERE IS IS THE FUCKING SEA, AND ALSO A FEW GODS. UNFORTUNATELY, THE GODS AREN’T IMMORTAL. THAT’S A BIT OF A SHIT SITUATION FOR THEM TO BE IN, SO THEY DECIDE TO FIX IT BEFORE ANYONE CAN FUCK ANYTHING UP. IN ORDER TO CREATE SOMA (THE MAGIC IMMORTALITY JUICE), THEY MAKE A FUCKING MASSIVE MOUNTAIN AND PARK IT ON TOP OF A GIANT FUCKING TURTLE. THEY TIE ANANTA THE GIANT SNAKE DEMON ROUND THE FUCKING MOUNTAIN, AND USE THE WHOLE ARRANGEMENT AS A MOTHERFUCKING BUTTER CHURN TO CHURN THE SEA.

ANANTA IS SO FUCKING SURPRISED BY BEING TIED AROUND A MOUNTAIN THAT HE THROWS UP. BECAUSE HE’S A FUCKING MASSIVE DEMON, HIS VOMIT IS LIGHTNING AND CLOUDS AND FLOWERS, ALL OF WHICH FUCK SHIT UP SO MUCH THAT ALL THE ANIMALS ON THE MOUNTAIN GET SQUASHED INTO FUCKING MASHED ANIMAL SLUDGE AND ALL THE FUCKING TREES BURN TO THE GROUND. ALL THE ASH AND THE LUMPS OF SQUASHED ANIMAL RUN DOWN INTO THE SEA, AND THE SEA TURNS INTO FUCKING MAGIC MILK. 

THE GODS CHURN THE MILK, AND ALL THE IMPORTANT BITS OF THE WORLD RISE UP OUT OF IT. SOME OF IT TURNS INTO SOMA AND THEY DRINK IT, BUT THE REST OF THE MILK SEA TURNS INTO MOTHERFUCKING BUTTER. SO NOW THE WORLD EXISTS AND THE GODS ARE IMMORTAL, BUT THE SEA IS MADE OF FUCKING BUTTER. FORTUNATELY VISHNU REALLY FUCKING LOVES BUTTER, SO THAT’S NOT AS BIG A PROBLEM AS IT SOUNDS. IT’S STILL PRETTY FUCKING WEIRD THOUGH.