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Satya : Second abstention of Yama, Eight limbs of Yoga, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

December 8, 2012 in Yoga & Meditation

Truthfulness means authenticity, to be true, not to be false.
To be authentic means: to remain true to your own being. How to remain true? Three things have to be remembered. 

One, never listen to anybody, what they say for you to be: always listen to your inner voice, what you would like to be. Otherwise your whole life will be wasted. Don’t listen to anybody, just close your eyes and listen to the inner voice. That is what meditation is all about: to listen to the inner voice. This is the first thing.

Then the second thing — if you have done the first thing only then the second becomes possible: never wear a mask. If you are angry, be angry. It is risky, but don’t smile, because that is to be untrue. But you have been taught that when you are angry, smile; then your smile becomes false, a mask. Hmm?… just an exercise of the lips, nothing else. The heart full of anger, poison, and the lips smiling — you become a false phenomenon.

 And the third thing about authenticity: always remain in the present — because all falseness enters either from the past or from the future. That which has passed has passed — don’t bother about it. And don’t carry it as a burden; otherwise it will not allow you to be authentic to the present. 

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