This is part 4 in a series about divine discipline in the ‘Limbs of Yoga’ as found in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras – Yamas and Niyamas.
In this video Swami Lakshmanjoo explains ahimsa (non-violence) in the light of Kashmir Shaivism emphasizing why ahimsa is important on the spiritual path.
Alice Christensen: We are in Srinagar, Kashmir, in Swamiji’s tea house in his ashram here. He is having a little problem with his throat today speaking, but he is still very interested in our subject. And what we are trying to do is continue our classes on the yamas and niyamas, which is mentioned in all of his books and all of the great books on yoga. It’s a very important discipline for a student. Without these the student, really can’t progress. So, we made a list of questions for Swamiji and in some way, you will be able to hear him speak and I’ll try to help him in this talk, just so have a slight idea of what it’s like in my lessons in this tea house in India.
In this interview Swamiji answers questions about why non-violence (ahimsa) is the most important discipline to observe.
“You should first begin with ahimsa. It has a perfect order and there is reason for that order: Non-violence precedes truthfulness. Without non-violence, you can’t have truthfulness. Only one thing should be noted:
Why should anybody be non-violent?
Because it is that discipline that allows one to enter into the universal body!”
Non-violence => sattvagunas, violence => rajaguna, ignorance => tamaguna.
This is an excerpt from a video interview with Swami Lakshmanjoo by
Alice Christensen – The American Yoga Association.
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