Herewith are ancient Vedic principles from humanity’s most profound faith, preserved and collected over five

thousand years ago; almost all of the principles are prescribed for practice by the major religions and faiths of the world.

Hinduism's Code of Conduct
Twenty keys for spiritual living in contemporary times

Ten Vedic Restraints - YAMA
Yama 1 - Noninjury, Ahimsa

Practice noninjury, not harming others by thought, word or deed, even in your dreams. Live a kindly life, revering all beings as expressions of the One Divine energy. Let go of fear and insecurity, the sources of abuse. Knowing that harm caused to others unfailingly returns to oneself, live peacefully with God’s creation. Never be a source of dread, pain or injury. Follow a vegetarian diet.
Yama 2 - Truthfulness, Satya

Adhere to truthfulness, refraining from lying and betraying promises. Speak only that which is true, kind, helpful and necessary. Knowing that deception creates distance, don’t keep secrets from family or loved ones. Be fair, accurate and frank in discussions, a stranger to deceit. Admit your failings. Do not engage in slander, gossip or backbiting. Do not bear false witness against another.

Yama 3 - Nonstealing, Asteya

Uphold the virtue of nonstealing, neither thieving, coveting nor failing to repay debt. Control your desires and live within your means. Do not use borrowed resources for unintended purposes or keep them past due. Do not gamble or defraud others. Do not renege on promises. Do not use others’ names, words, resources or rights without permission and acknowledgement.
Yama 4 - Divine Conduct, Brahmacharya

Practice divine conduct, controlling lust by remaining celibate when single and faithful in marriage. Before marriage, use vital energies in study, and after marriage in creating family success. Don’t waste the sacred force by promiscuity in thought, word or deed. Be restrained with the opposite sex. Seek holy company. Dress and speak modestly. Shun pornography, sexual humor and violence.

Yama 9 .Yama 5 . fowl or eggs. Overcome obstacles. Maintain a clean. without adjusting to you. uncluttered home and workplace. Honor and assist those who are weak. impoverished. Face and accept your faults without blaming them on others. Keep good company.Patience. purpose. Be straightforward in business. indecision and changeableness. Be frank with yourself. never mixing with adulterers. restraining intolerance with people and impatience with circumstances. plants and the Earth itself. Never use harsh. angered or indecent language. Be patient with children and the elderly. only when hungry. Kshama Exercise patience. Keep a pure. Mitahara Be moderate in appetite. Develop willpower. overcoming nonperseverance. Daya Practice compassion. Never carp or complain. Oppose family abuse and other cruelties. body and speech. Do not cheat. fear. Be agreeable. Do an honest day’s work. Drink non-alcoholic beverages in moderation. Keep away from pornography and violence. Enjoy fresh. never between meals.Compassion. Don’t argue. Forgive those who apologize and show true remorse. Yama 6 . Do not bribe or accept bribes. Act honorably even in hard times. Yama 7 . Pay your taxes. . neither eating too much nor consuming meat. See God everywhere. Minimize stress by keeping worries at bay. Yama 10 . shellfish. Act virtuously.Steadfastness. cruel and insensitive feelings toward all beings. Foster sympathy for others’ needs and suffering. wholesome vegetarian foods that vitalize the body. Remain poised in good times and bad.Purity. courage and industriousness.Honesty. fish. Yama 8 . conquering callous. Follow a simple diet. avoiding rich or fancy fare. aged or in pain. deceive or circumvent to achieve an end. in a disturbed atmosphere or when upset. Obey the laws of your nation and locale. Let others behave according to their nature. dominate conversations or interrupt others. Be kind to people. Avoid sloth and procrastination.Moderate Appetite. Meditate daily. Be firm in your decisions. animals. healthy body. Achieve your goals with a prayer. plan. Saucha Uphold the ethic of purity. avoiding impurity in mind. at a moderate pace. renouncing deception and wrongdoing. thieves or other impure people. persistence and push. Worship devoutly. Avoid junk food. Do not let opposition or fear of failure result in changing strategies. Dhriti Foster steadfastness. Eat at regular times. Arjava Maintain honesty. Don’t be in a hurry.

giving liberally without thought of reward. Don’t complain about what you don’t possess. Visit your shrine before and after leaving the house. Feed and give to those in need. Visit gurus with gifts in hand. listen to readings and dissertations by which wisdom flows from knower to seeker. Resolve all contention before sleep. Choose a guru. ashrams and spiritual organizations. Worship in heartfelt devotion. confess and make amends. . Revere and study the revealed scriptures. rather than mind. floowers or food daily. Keep the mountaintop view that life is an opportunity for spiritual progress. Treat guests as God. Meditate after each puja/prayer. Bestow your time and talents without seeking praise. follow his path and don’t waste time exploring other ways. Practice devotion and sadhana to inspire experiences that build advanced faith. Do not boast. study and.Worship. above all. smile and uplift others. Shun those who try to break your faith by argument and accusation. Niyama 3 . Trust in the words of the masters.Ten Vedic Practices . Live in constant gratitude for your health. the scriptures and traditions. Siddhanta Shravana Eagerly hear the scriptures. Niyama 2 . Santosha Nurture contentment. Recognize your errors.Contentment. Donate religious literature. Niyama 6 . Ishvara-Pujana Cultivate devotion through daily worship and meditation. to temples. Be loyal to your lineage. Avoid secondary texts that preach violence. body or emotions. Identify with the eternal You. Seek out and correct your faults and bad habits.Faith. study the teachings and listen to the wise of your lineage. the Vedas and Agamas. Believe firmly in God. Sincerely apologize to those hurt by your words or deeds. Offer fruit. Shun pride and pretension. as God’s money. being modest and showing shame for misdeeds. your friends and your belongings. Read. one with your satguru. Welcome correction as a means to bettering yourself. Set aside one room of your home as God’s shrine.Giving. Dana Be generous to a fault. Tithe. seeking joy and serenity in life. Be happy. offering one tenth of your gross income (dashamamsha). clearing the inner channels to God.Remorse. Approach the temple with offerings. guru and your path to enlightenment. Learn a simple puja/prayer and the chants. Niyama 5 . Niyama 4 . Astikya Cultivate an unshakable faith.Scriptural Listening. Gods and guru so their grace flows toward you and loved ones. Hri Allow yourself the expression of remorse.NIYAMA Niyama 1 .

Be ardent in worship. such as 108 prostrations or fasting. rules and observances and never waver in fulfilling them. Vegetarianism. Honor vows as spiritual contracts with your soul. Through meditation. Fulfill severe austerities at special times. nonaddiction. under a satguru’sguidance. Niyama 10 . tithing. small voice within. monasticism. by understanding the subtle sciences. purify and uplift you. giving up cherished possessions. inner worlds and mystical texts. Japa Chant your holy mantra daily. be they marriage. Strive for knowledge of God. Vrata Embrace religious vows. serious disciplines. meditation and pilgrimage. to awaken the light within. loyalty to a lineage. Uphold your vows strictly. with God and guru.Recitation.Cognition. Pilgrimage yearly. quiet the mind and concentrate fully to let japa harmonize. Bathe first. cultivate intuition by listening to the still. non-smoking or non-alchoholism. Heed your instructions and chant the prescribed repetitions without fail. your community. Niyama 8 . Perform self-denial. word or phrase given by your guru.Niyama 7 . to ignite the inner fires of self-transformation. Fast periodically. money or time. Atone for misdeeds through penance (prayashchitta). Mati Develop a spiritual will and intellect with your satguru’s guidance. Live free of anger so that japa strengthens your higher nature. Niyama 9 .Austerity. penance and sacrifice. Tapas Practice austerity. Let japa quell emotions and quiet the rivers of thought. Discover the hidden lesson in each experience to develop a profound understanding of life and yourself. .Sacred Vows. reciting the sacred sound. Take vows to harness the instinctive nature.

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