Listen to Part Two: readings from “The Secret of the Yamas”


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  1. The principles delineated by the Yama are idealistic and admirable. I do believe that people can adhere to these concepts. However, there is one great wall that many people will not be able to get over: discipline. The importance of discipline cannot be overstated. Sure, everyone should be a more caring and understanding human being. But actually becoming one is truly difficult. This is why many take the emotional easy routes. It is much more immediately satisfying to be a selfish, arrogant person. But like junk food, even though it is easier to act this why in the moment, it does not have healthy long term effects.

    It takes a truly committed person to achieve the aspects of Yama. Imagine ascending to such a point where you can be as good of a person as you can possibly be. While it may sound impossible to most, I can imagine that being in tune with these principles is quite enriching to say the least.

  2. I enjoyed this reading and its use of the asanas in correlation to finding the deeper meaning within ourselves as individuals. Dating back to as far as humans go, we’ve always had natural instincts such love, hate, greed, envy, and so forth. Which is why I thought the expression of the yamas such as, non violence, non-stealing, chastity absence, of greed and truthfulness were key and so relatable to me. All of these qualities mentioned are traits that really make up the personality and characteristics of a person, and it is through these characteristics that we reflect onto others. We reflect these traits in order to become a better version of ourselves and for those around us. Commonly, we find ourselves balancing these traits,which is why I appreciated the listening where it stated, “Love flowers truly when the heart and mind are in perfect union.” Through the teachings of the Yamasan its asanas, we can find rhythm and melody within ourselves, through it far more than physical discipline that we achieve a true mental state of awareness. It is through the discipline of our psyche that “arrogance can be transformed into humility.” Furthermore, as stated in the reading, “we strive to become something greater.” I feel that through the practice of our Isha Kriya and the Yamas, we can find the interchangeable peace in which we all strive for.

  3. I don’t think surprising our desires is what he is hinting to in this passage. I think he’s hinting at the middle path, finding balance in what we want and not letting our desires overcome us. Aristotle talks about living within our means. He describes it loosely as having what you need and then being able to get a little bit of what you want. I think this is a great reminder for all of us in this day and age where we are so keen on having the next best thing, or what our friends have. I think this reading is so helpful and relevant in today’s world.

    I also think it is important to mention that seeking out the solution will never fully help us get there. Once our minds are fixated on that, we’ve yet again distracted ourselves from the path of consciousness. As the example of working weekends to please your boss and wanting to stay home to please your spouse illustrates, desire leads to more desire, and thus we are trapped in the endless cycle of suffering ( and rebirth to adhere to buddhist teachings). If we can recognize the things we want, work to attain them, but not work so hard as to loose track of other aspects of life, then we can begin out journey towards the middle path.

  4. The yamas seem to be a specific set of rules and guidelines for a person or societal entity to follow to potentially achieve a sense of balance and completeness. The thoughts and opinions surrounding the practices of yoga are always believed to be a mostly physical but the mental and spiritual aspect is often neglected and left out of conversation. I was once ignorant to the nuances that encompass the full complete practice of yoga. As my background and upbringing didn’t allow me to see the benefits. I am now fully invested in becoming a balanced individual and productive member of society. Though i may not be able to practice full meditation everyday i can at least focus on breathing in my down time and moments of stress.
    This is where the saying “i am not the body, i am not even the mind” comes into play. We often place strains on ourself to be what society wants us to be. But you should feel free and comfortable in your own body and mind space. The confines of religion, sexuality, and social norms restrict individuals from achieving their full potential. Namaste

  5. I really enjoyed that you called them “logical guidelines”, it is a consciousness that is necessary while following them. Knowing that these disciplines will come together with when you become one. Using your example of imitating rather than following your own path will not create success. Your desires are not yours, they are others wants that you think are yours. These approaches are showing us to take different routes and following our path which is what I truly enjoy.

    It is often seen that there are no original thoughts but we are backpacking off of one another. This practice is a need for many seeing how often people tend to follow one another. It is a great task and it also is trialing but it is worth it.

  6. The post struck pretty close to home for me as lately I have been struggling with not allowing myself to stay focused on the negative aspects of my life. Recently, I have been struggling with mood swings and being unable to see the positive in many things. Namely, I can’t even get myself to say “I’m doing well” when someone asks. However, I will say that after leaving class I always find myself in a better mood as well as when I practice the Isha Kryia and am hoping to bump up the amount of practice I do outside of class as it is so beneficial for me. I also would like to work on my empathy for others as I do struggle with emotion and would like to be more reachable for my friends and family.

  7. Tyler Schrader

    Yammas is something i will now look into more in depth. The practice of self discipline to avoid negative actions such as selfishness. I always strive to create a non violence, absence of greed, non stealing, and truthfulness way of life into my day to day practices. I believe these personal logical guidelines are achievable through the use of self discipline.

    Self positive output is very powerful. Law of attraction as i know it can allow you to construct your life that way you want it and carve your personal desires and figure. You will attract what you put out. It is really quite amazing what one can do, not only can we shape ourselves but the world around us. Brahmacharya, Ahimas, Aparigraha, and Asteya are all very powerful tools and have the power to change the world. I will thrive to further my teaching in this and also change myself into a better more genuine being.

  8. In regards to the given listening, I feel this weeks content strongly expresses and furthers the previous materials in which we have been given. Traditionally, re-introducing the important aspects of our asinas and the five conditions of behavior in correlation to our everyday lives and mental strength. The overpowerment of the physical body and form is something that consumes humans such as ourselves from maintaining balance and structure within our physical and nonphysical mind. Becoming something greater is what is considered so essential to the Yamas and our asinas. Striving to be something greater is normal, and is something that all humans in my personal opinion aim for.

    Personally, the concept of Love was something that illuminated brightly to me throughout this section. The idea of love through the concept of others was rathe important. I feel we always do our best to gain acceptance from others, and contort ourselves from our original shape in order to be fit the mold of other standards. As expressed in the reading, “We can not learn to love our neighbor through discipline. Lover flowers when our heart and mind are in union.” I thought this quote was essential to the realities we create for ourselves. It’s important to stay true to the narratives we establish for ourselves, not the narratives of others. The way in which we operate is “different different than the principles of engineering.” So I believe it is crucial to keep that in mind throughout our daily tasks and future endeavors.

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