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    Default 10 Vedic restraints

    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.


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    Ten Vedic Restraints

    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 goof 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    5 - Patience, Kshama

    Exercise patience, restraining intolerance with people and impatience
    with circumstances. Be agreeable. Let others behave according to their
    nature, without adjusting to you. Don’t argue, dominate conversations
    or interrupt others. Don’t be in a hurry. Be patient with children and
    the elderly. Minimize stress by keeping worries at bay. Remain poised
    in good times and bad.

    6 - Steadfastness, Dhriti

    Foster steadfastness, overcoming nonperseverance, fear, indecision
    and changeableness. Achieve your goals with a prayer, purpose, plan,
    persistence and push. Be firm in your decisions. Avoid sloth and
    procrastination. Develop willpower, courage and industriousness.
    Overcome obstacles. Never carp or complain. Do not let opposition or
    fear of failure result in changing strategies.

    7 - Compassion, Daya

    Practice compassion, conquering callous, cruel and insensitive feelings
    toward all beings. See God everywhere. Be kind to people, animals,
    plants and the Earth itself. Forgive those who apologize and show true
    remorse. Foster sympathy for others’ needs and suffering. Honor and
    assist those who are weak, impoverished, aged or in pain. Oppose
    family abuse and other cruelties.

    8 - Honesty, Arjava

    Maintain honesty, renouncing deception and wrongdoing. Act
    honorably even in hard times. Obey the laws of your nation and locale.
    Pay your taxes. Be straightforward in business. Do an honest day’s
    work. Do not bribe or accept bribes. Do not cheat, deceive or
    circumvent to achieve an end. Be frank with yourself. Face and accept
    your faults without blaming them on others.

    9 - Moderate Appetite, Mitahara

    Be moderate in appetite, neither eating too much nor consuming meat,
    fish, shellfish, fowl or eggs. Enjoy fresh, wholesome vegetarian foods
    that vitalize the body. Avoid junk food. Drink non-alcoholic beverages
    in moderation. Eat at regular times, only when hungry, at a moderate
    pace, never between meals, in a disturbed atmosphere or when upset.
    Follow a simple diet, avoiding rich or fancy fare.

    10 - PURITY , SAUCHAPPurity, Sauchaurity, Saucha

    Uphold the ethic of purity, avoiding impurity in mind, body and speech.
    Maintain a clean, healthy body. Keep a pure, uncluttered home and
    workplace. Act virtuously. Keep good company, never mixing with
    adulterers, thieves or other impure people. Keep away from
    pornography and violence. Never use harsh, angered or indecen

    Source:K.N.Ramesh
    Last edited by soundararajan50; 04-04-2014 at 10:44 AM.

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