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Virtues for leading a life of purpose and fulfilment

Mar 29th, 2024 | 1 Min Read
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Category: Yog Sutra


Language: English

The Patanjali Yoga Sutra virtues describe qualities considered essential for leading a life of purpose and fulfilment. These include Kṣamā (forbearance/ क्षमा), Satya (सत्य/ truthfulness), Aparigraha (अपरिग्रह/ non-possession), Mitāhāra (मिताहार/ moderate eating), Dhṛti (Steadfastness/ धृति), and Śauca (purity/ शौच).

Kṣamā, or forbearance, is the ability to forgive and show patience towards others. Beauty is not just a superficial trait but can also be a source of strength for those who may be considered weak. Virtues are a true adornment of beauty, and knowledge is a wonderful adornment of virtues. Forgiveness, in turn, is a beautiful adornment of knowledge.

Satya, or truth, is considered the most important virtue. It is believed that truth alone triumphs and that one should not harm others with one's words or actions. The truth we speak should always benefit others.

Aparigraha, or non-possession, is the practice of getting rid of desires and possessions for enjoyment. Those seeking the state of Yog should reside in seclusion and constantly meditate with a controlled mind and body.
Mitāhāra, or moderate eating, is the practice of balancing one's food intake, recreation, and effort in actions, sleep, and wakefulness. This Yogic discipline can help destroy all pains and lead to success.

Dhṛti, or moral courage, is the ability to face and overcome difficulties with grace and strength. It is believed that just as the embodied soul continuously passes from childhood to youth to old age, similarly, the soul passes into another body at the time of death. This does not delude the wise.

Śauca (Saucha), or purity, is the practice of observing cleanliness, simplicity, celibacy, and non-violence when offering worship to the Supreme Lord, noble people, spiritual masters, wise people, and elders. Such worship is considered the austerity of the body.

Summary: JKYog India Online Class- Patanjali Yoga Sutra [English]- 28.03.2024