Living Righteously in the new year ~ the Hindu way.
Make 2014 a year of Vedic living to enrich yourself and those around you.
The 10 Yamas~
- Ahimsa - non-harming. Not harming oneself or others by thought, word or deed.
- Satya - truthfulness. Adhere to truthfulness, not intending to deceive others in our thoughts, as well as our words and actions.
- Asteya - non-stealing. Uphold the virtue of non stealing, neither thieving, coveting nor failing to repay debt.
- Brahmacharya - divine conduct. Seek holy company. Dress and speak modestly. Shun pornography, sexual humor and violence.
- Kshama - patience. Be agreeable. Let others behave according to their nature, without adjusting to you.
- Dhriti - steadfastness. Be firm in your decisions. Avoid sloth and procrastination. Develop willpower, courage and industriousness.
- Daya - compassion. See God everywhere. Be kind to people, animals, plants and the Earth itself. Forgive those who apologize and show true remorse.
- Arjava - honesty. Do not cheat, deceive or circumvent to achieve an end. Be frank with yourself. Face and accept your faults without blaming them on others.
- Mitahara - appropriate appetite. Enjoy fresh, wholesome vegetarian foods that vitalize the body. Avoid junk food. Eat at regular times, only when hungry, at a moderate pace, never between meals, in a disturbed atmosphere or when upset.
- Shauca - purity. Maintain a clean, healthy body. Keep a pure, uncluttered home and workplace. Act virtuously.
The 10 Niyamas~
- Hri - remorse. Allow yourself the expression of remorse, being modest and showing shame for misdeeds. Recognize your errors, confess and make amends. Sincerely apologize to those hurt by your words or deeds.
- Santosha - contentment. Be happy, smile and uplift others. Live in constant gratitude for your health, your friends and your belongings. Don’t complain about what you don’t possess.
- Dana - giving. Be generous to a fault, giving liberally without thought of reward. Feed and give to those in need. Bestow your time and talents without seeking praise.
- Astikya - faith. Cultivate an unshakable faith. Practice devotion and sadhana to inspire experiences that build advanced faith. Avoid doubt and despair.
- Ishvarapujana - worship. Cultivate devotion through daily worship and meditation. Set aside one room of your home as God’s shrine. Offer fruit, flowers or food daily. Learn a simple puja and the chants.
- Siddhanta Shravana - scriptural listening. Read, study and, above all, listen to readings and dissertations by which wisdom flows from knower to seeker. Avoid secondary texts that preach violence.
- Mati - cognition. Strive for knowledge of God, to awaken the light within. Discover the hidden lesson in each experience to develop a profound understanding of life and yourself.
- Vrata - sacred vows. Uphold your vows strictly, be they marriage, monasticism, nonaddiction, tithing, loyalty to a lineage, vegetarianism or nonsmoking.
- Japa - recitation. Chant your holy mantra daily, reciting the sacred sound, word or phrase. Heed your instructions and chant the prescribed repetitions without fail.
- Tapas - austerity. Practice austerity, serious disciplines, penance and sacrifice. Be ardent in worship, meditation and pilgrimage.