AHIMSA = SATYA + ASTEYA

Ok, so if you’re sophisticated enough to know a bit of Sanskrit, you probably know that any such formula is overly simplistic. Of course Non-Violence is far more than the conjunction of two other yogic values.

Let’s not miss this chance, however, to investigate a passive, non-doing sense of Ahimsa. The Toltecs have a method for evolving called not-doing which involves not buying into our own beliefs. By remaining witness we can cultivate non-attachment to our own beliefs and be more interactive with the world than our fantasies or our pasts.

Satya is usually rendered as “Truth” and Asteya as “Non-Grasping or Non-Stealing.” Some of the requisites for Truth – in a sentence or in the sense of cohesion with a principle – are transparency, clarity, accord with “what is.” So, in our practice how can we express Truth? Is it as important to be truthful with our selves as to tell the Truth to others? And what does it mean to be True to ourselves?

Before we can answer any of these questions and move forward, we would have to know the “ourselves” we are being truthful with or true to. There is no more room for concepts or filters here. We are at a moment, well, of Truth: either we can enter a quiet which renders us transparent or we are stalled out on the road.

Asteya is useful here: non-stealing & non-grasping in our observation and experience is a demanding task & our non-effort calls for renewal in each moment. Remaining non-judgmental while open requires strength and vulnerability unsurpassed.

In Asana, bring a new sense of curiosity and investigation to your practice. Bring your energy and your enthusiasm to the mat, engage your practice fully. In the midst of the breath and the stretch and the opposition and the pulling in, find a place to “Be”, find out “what is”, allow it to speak to you, call to you, and allow it to pass. Become the trasparency of True Consciousness.

Namaste