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अस्तेय Asteya

Posted by Julie Andres on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 Under: yoga
The third yama (disciplines that guide us in our relationships with others) is 'asteya' – translated from Sanskrit it means 'non-stealing'.
Most of us don't intentionally steal. 'Thou shalt not steal' as a principle has been ingrained in us since early childhood. Pay for the goods and services we have used, try to find the owner of a wallet we have found ... these are things we do as a matter of course, without moral struggle.
But thinking more deeply, how can we explore non-stealing beyond these obvious, and not so difficult to carry out, behaviours?
What would we do if our bank balance showed an extra $100? Or $1,000? Do we rationalize that it's okay to take from a humongous multi-national company if we can get away with it?
Are there non-tangible things that we take, such as  giving only 50 percent of our all at work?
Do you ever use or take advantage of someone else?
Have you ever felt used or taken advantage of?
Over the next weeks I will explore my own actions with a mind to notice if all that I take truly belongs to me.

See previous posts on the first two yamas, ahimsa (non-violence) and satya (truthfulness).

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