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Yoga Wisdom at Work by James D. Showkeir, Maren S. Showkeir

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twoTHE FIRST LIMB: UNIVERSAL MORALITY

We are here to awake fromour illusion of separateness.

Thich Nhat Hanh

 

THE YAMAS

Most religions or philosophies speak to some aspect of the morality contained in the words of the Sutra referencing the yamas. Robert Johnson’s classic treatise on Patanjali’s Sutras explains that “The commandments [yamas] form the broad general training of humanity. Each rests on a universal spiritual law.” Patanjali says that the commandments are not limited to any “race, place, time, or occasion.” They are to be integrated into daily living.

Often called the moral restraints, the precepts in the yamas are universal, and are framed as the “do nots” in life’s list of moral do’s and don’ts. The precepts contained within this ...

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