Monday, January 28, 2008

Sacred Life

Avoidance of all slaying, nay, of hurt to mind or body, of a living thing; of falsehood in all speech, and even in thought; of all unlawful gain or covering; of all sense of possessive ownership; such are the yamas. The niyamas are: Observance of utmost purity that may be possible for body of flesh; contentment with whatever may befall; study of sacred science of the self; restraint of body by determined will; and complete surrender of one's will to God's, replacement of one's own small self by the great self, by utmost trust in him.

-- Patanjali