The Practice of Ahimsa

Yoga in India

By Sushant Pandey

अहिंसाप्रतिष्ठायां तत्सन्निधौ वैरत्यागः॥३५॥
Ahiṁsāpratiṣṭhāyāṁ tatsannidhau vairatyāgaḥ||35||

On the establishment of Ahiṁsā or Non-injury (in a Yogī, there is) cessation of hostility (in one) coming close to him||35||

Ahimsa is ‘nonviolence’; the first and the foremost of the five Yama (Social codes of conduct) in the yoga sutras of Patanjali.

PRESS_CHP4051-2 Ahimsa is non-violence, the first and the foremost of the Yamas from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

Yoga is the path and a lifestyle to transform and refine the consciousness of the individual. It is not merely a set of asana (posture) or techniques which are practiced in a class room alone. Therefore when we look into the subject matter of the classical yoga text of Patanjali, we find that it propounds to harmonize the various facets of our personality by adopting an uplifting regimen of a yogic life. In order to experience or actualize the nature of spiritual self, management…

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