“Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God. ~Krishnamacharya”

The Fourth Yama

We have talked about three yamas or restraints so far – non-violence, Truthfulness and Non-stealing. Bramhacharya or remembering the higher reality is the fourth yama. Bramhan is the all knowing Being and acharya means practice or conduct. Thus it is the conduct of knowing the ‘All-knowing’. What does knowing the ‘All-knowing’ mean? It is being as aware as the Infinite you believe in; it is being the same as that Being – in that fully aware state there is no difference between the Being and oneself.

Bramahcharya is usually translated as continence which can be explained as the control of all senses. For without such control, how can you be fully aware? Being fully aware requires one to be open to ideas, free of judgment, treating everyone fairly, etc so as not to be biased. Such biases keep one from realizing one’s Self.

[From April 2006 Evolution newsletter that I wrote]

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