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The Highest Law (Ahimsa)

Do you act in harmful ways?

Sat Nam, I’m Will Keyser and today we will briefly consider how harm may be preventing you from living your best life.

The foundation of yoga is discipline. Discipline that creates the type of life, which fosters personal and spiritual growth. One of the fundamental types of discipline in yoga is ahimsa. Ahimsa is also a primary tenant of many majLord Mahavir statueor world religions and life philosophies. Ahimsa means ‘without harm’ or ‘non-harming’. But what kind of harm and to whom?

Harm can have two directions: inward and outward. Inward harm means harming yourself. Outward harm means harming others. A commitment to embrace the discipline of ahimsa requires that you do not hurt or kill others and that you cease inner dialogue that is not loving.

When your actions, words, and thoughts cease to harm yourself and others, that negativity and karma in your life will dissipate and you will experience more positive feelings, more self-love, and a greater sense of self-worth.

Since we are all connected in the karmic universe and creating this civilization together, harm to ourselves is also harm to others and harm to others is also harm to ourselves. Action is reflexive in nature. By practicing non-harming, you will develop more compassion and patience in your life that will enable personal growth and realization.

Task: Your task today is to observe in a mindful way those moments when you practice negative conversation both in your mind as well as with people around you. Instead of acting on those harmful impulses, remember that it is always you who will suffer. If you truly embrace ahimsa, your actions will do no harm.

Until next time,

Peace and Be Well 🙂


Ahimsa is the highest law

(Ahimsa Paramo Dharma)

अहिंसा परमॊ धर्मः

*Quoted from the great law book of Hinduism, the Manu Smriti

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