“To one established in non-stealing, all wealth comes.”
– The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Sutra II.37
Asteya – Non-Stealing
As we continue our study of the Yamas, (ethical constraints that teach us how to interact with the world) we come to the third out of fifth yama which is Asteya. Asteya is not stealing. It is not looking beyond our own means (people, places or situations) to bring us happiness. It is not taking something that is not given to us freely. It is not manipulating, fabricating, or forcing things in a certain way to gain power, attention, material wealth or piece of mind. Asteya works as a profound practice in our lives when we stop focusing on what we lack and become aware of all that we truly have in our lives in the present moment. When you are established in Ahimsa (non-violence) and Satya (Truthfullness), stealing becomes an unacceptable behavior. Instead of coveting what another has, we rejoice in their happiness and contententment finds its way to us naturally as will all the abundance you seek.
The practice of asteya goes far beyond not phyically taking what is not yours but extends its concept to not “stealing” your own or someone else’s time, happiness or self-will.
Think about ways in which you may “steal” without realizing it: Enabling another to continue a destructive pattern by excusing or accepting it, agreeing to do something when what you really need is to honor your own needs, not giving that well deserved compliment because of your own insecuriites, etc.
Martin Luther King said that “All life is interrelated. We are all caught up in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny”. What we steal from others, we are ultimately steal from ourselves.
Classes for this Week
Monday and Thursday Evening at 730pm
Tuesday Morning at 930am with 11am Meditation to follow
Friday Morning 930am Healing Yoga
(Please reserve your spot or cancel if your plans have changed)
Live Kirtan with ShaktiPath on Saturday, February 4th at Breathe in Port Jefferson!!!
Come channel that loving “shakti” energy with the healing power of music and chant!
Shanti, shanti, shanti
Shanti, shanti, shanti!!
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