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Browsing Archive: February, 2011

अपरिग्रह Aparigraha

Posted by Julie Andres on Friday, February 18, 2011, In : yamas 
The fifth yama is aparigraha, non-grasping.

The impermanence of all things is a fact of life. Even so, we occupy ourselves – almost incessantly – with thoughts and actions that reflect our goals to acquire things and create conditions that we want to claim as ours. We want to have and to hold, forever and ever. Amen. So be it.
Buddhist teachings tell us that suffering – dukkha – is caused by this very human trait: clinging to the idea, the hope, of love (or whatever you want to call it)...
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ब्रह्मचर्य Brahmacharya

Posted by Julie Andres on Tuesday, February 1, 2011, In : yamas 
When the fourth yama, brahmacharya, was discussed in yoga teacher training it was presented as practicing "sexual celibacy". This, of course, brought up the following questions: "What's wrong with having sex with someone you love?" And, "Sex is a natural human function, like eating - why should it be repressed?"
Looking into the tenet in more depth, it seems it isn't that simple. While there are yogi saints who live and have lived in renouncement of sensual pleasures and physical possessions, ...

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