1.2. Yama: Satya - Truthfulness

January 21, 2018

Moving on in the 8 limbs of Yoga, within the 1st limb, the Yamas (restrictions). We have arrived to the second Yama, which is Satya - truthfulness.

 

To recap the 5 Yamas (restraints) suggested by the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are:

- Ahimsa - non harming/non violence

- Satya - truthfulness

- Asteya - non-stealing 

- Brahmacharya - moderation, right use of energy 

- Aparigraha - non-coveting, non-craving

 

For further information please read previous blogs on the subjects (8 limbs of Yoga), (Yamas) and (Ahimsa, the 1st of the Yamas).

 

The Yoga Sutras Chapter 2.36 relating to Satya states 'For one grounded in truthfulness, every action, and deed bears fruit.'

                                                            Picture credit: unknown

 

What is the truth? The speech and mind conforming to reality as seen, inferred or heard? Action that conveys the reality as is? When speech is not deceptive? When the luxury of our imagination is given up in favor of objectivity? When the false ego gives way to intuition?

 

Everyone has their own perception of the truth.

 

This Yama calls into our attention that being truthful is not just the abstention from lying but the coherence between our thoughts, words and attitudes.

 

'There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true, the other is to refuse to accept what is true.' -Soren Kierkegaard 

 

'Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.' - Mahatma Ghandi

 

'This Yama gives us the chance to examine the concept of honesty. What does it mean for how you behave & communicate? What is our relationship with gossip, manipulation or cheating. What do we put on Facebook for example? Is it a true reflection of our life or is it the sugar coated version? Our choice of career, are we true to ourselves?' - Groundingyoga.com

 

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