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AHIMSA

Swan.Safe in Arms

Ahimsa encompasses seeing through all things with love and compassion, creating and affirming peace everywhere, knowing that which manifests as violence only comes out of fear.   The absence of all violence reveals Ahimsa – pure Love.

Affirmations:  I nurture and cherish myself. I am kind and compassionate to others. I am kind and loving towards myself and others.

Ahimsa is the first if the five yamas. it’s primary position signifies it’s primary importance; it is the very seed of these basic disciplines. Ahimsa is made up of two Sanskrit terms: “a” meaning “not” and “himsa” meaning “violent.”  Ahimsa is really more than just the absence of violence, it is seeing through the eyes of love, acceptance of self and others, kindness, tolerance, consideration, and being non-judgmental. Violence comes in both gross and subtle forms.  May we say that we adhere to ahimsa since we are not physically violent towards others?  What about on the more subtle levels such as thoughts and words? Ahimsa must be applied to all or thoughts, words and actions.

In Amrit Yoga we practice ahimsa both on and off the yoga mat. We are attentive to our thoughts, attitudes, beliefs, spoken words and to the impact they have on ourselves and others.  We see and accept ourselves as we are, without the need to suppress or deny our perceived shortcomings.  In Amrit Yoga we are developing consciousness  – non judgmental awareness. The practice of ahimsa is essential in this endeavor

Ahimsa is the state that exists when all violence in the heart and mind have subsided.  It is not something we have to acquire, it is always present and only needs to be uncovered.

“When one practices ahimsa, or nonviolence, one refrains from causing distress – in thought, word or deed – to any living creature, including oneself.”    Bapuji

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