22.08.16

Aparigraha

Aparigraha is one of the 5 yamas in Pantajali’s Yoga Sutras. Yamas are moral codes to guide how yogis live their lives. Aparigraha translates to non-possessiveness, non-greed and/or non-attachment.

“By the observance of aparigraha, the yogi makes his life as simple as possible and trains his mind not to feel the loss or the lack of anything. Then everything he really needs will come to him by itself at the proper time.”  –B.K.S. Iyengar

It’s easy to cling to things for fear that we won’t be able to find or experience it again. Relationships, jobs, love…We must practice trust. If we believe our needs will be met, there is no need to cling, attach, or hoard. This detachment gives us the ability to experience complete freedom. And when things do go extremely well or we reach a goal, it’s important to not attach to the goodness of that event either. While recognition and celebration in moderation are healthy, if we constantly attach to these positive events, it becomes our expectation for things to always be that way.

Let your concern be with the action alone, and never with the fruits of action. Do not let the results of your action be your motive, and do not be attached to inaction – Krishna

What Krishna is essentially saying here, is that we should never concern ourselves with the outcome of a situation, we should only concern ourselves with what we’re actually doing right now as we work towards that outcome.

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