Asteya, is a Sanskrit word used in yoga teaching that means “non-stealing”. The Bible says thou shall not steel. I’ve also seen interpretations of it meaning, “non-devaluing”, and I think both speak to the true meaning behind the word. Beyond taking something that isn’t ours, stealing can also be negative self talk, gossip, etc., anything that may “rob us of the potential for joy, growth, and expansion.” Watch yourself this week and notice the moments when you may not be seeing others clearly, or talking negatively to yourself. What are you stealing? Exodus 20:15 “You shall not steal.
Ahimsa, is translated as non-harm, or non-injury. Ahimsa is not only toward others but also toward ourselves, and often time the most harm we cause is to ourselves. Notice when you are over-committing, or pushing yourself beyond your physical or emotional limits. Learn how to be kind to yourself and set barriers that keep you safe.
Proverbs 3:29 Do not plot harm against your neighbor · Leviticus 19:18 “‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord. · Matthew 19:19 honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’· Matthew 22:39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:38-40 · Mark 12:31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” · Mark 12:33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”· Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
Daya means compassion. We tend to think of generosity, yet at the same time we easily get agitated when someone takes our parking space or cuts in front of us in line. Practicing compassion means recognizing you don’t know if they realized what “harm” they caused you (and was it really harm?). You also don’t know what it is that they are going through, or what their story is. Instead of passing a glare, try a smile and see how much further it gets you. All of the above scriptures are relevant to this. The Bible and yoga are in place to assist you in right living.
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