The Yamas – Universal Ethical Disciplines


Harmlessness, non-violence, not causing pain, respect for all beings and all things, consideration towards all living things


Truthfulness, genuine, honest, virtuous, right communication through speech, writings, gesture and action, not lying


Non-stealing, non-covetousness, the ability to resist a desire for that which does not belong to us, respect for the belongings of others, not adopting someone else’s ideas without crediting them


Continence, moderation in all our actions, celibacy, non dissipation of energy, resolution of desire by spiritual means, balancing of actions, desires, thoughts, and feelings and channeling them toward a wholesome purpose


Non-hording, without possessions, not seeking to possess undue, superfluous goods



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