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How to establish the essential basis for an effective meditation practice. Includes an overview of the ten non-virtuous actions, their karmic consequences, and how to disempower karmic tendencies and turn ones life towards positive results.

 

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Hinduism: Patanjali's Raja Yoga is generally termed the Ashtanga Yoga or the Yoga of Eight Limbs, through the practice of which freedom is achieved. These eight limbs are:

  1. Yama or Eternal Vows: • Ahimsa (non-violence) • Satya (truth) • Asteya (non-stealing) • Brahmacharya (continence) and • Aparigraha (non-avariciousness);
  2. Niyama or Observances: • Saucha (purity) • Santosha (contentment) • Tapas (austerities) • Svadhyaya (study) and • Ishvarapranidhana (surrender to God);
  3. Asana (firm, comfortable meditative posture);
  4. Pranayama (the regulation of the Vital Force);
  5. Pratyahara (abstraction of the senses and mind from objects);
  6. Dharana (concentration); 7. Dhyana (meditation); and
  7. Samadhi (superconscious state or trance)

Tibetan Buddhism: Ten non-virtuous actions:

  1. Killing
  2. Stealing
  3. Sexual Misconduct
  4. Lying
  5. Divisive Speech
  6. Hurtful Speech
  7. Idle Chatter
  8. Covetousness
  9. Malice
  10. Holding wrong views

The Four Powers

  1. The power of eradication
  2. The power of applying remedies
  3. The power of turning away from faults
  4. The power of the foundation

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