Thursday, January 2, 2020


37.  Asteyapratisthayam sarvaratnopasthanam

    To one established in non-stealing, all wealth comes

     If we want to become the world's richest people, this is a very simple way.  There's no need to get into the stock market or even to go to work.  Just practice non-stealing.  All of us are thieves.  Knowingly and unknowingly, we steal things from nature.  With every minute, with each breath, we pick nature's pocket.  Whose air do we breathe?  It is nature's.  But that doesn't mean we should stop breathing and die.  Instead, we should receive each breath with reverence and use it to serve others;  then we are not stealing.  If we accept it and don't give anything in return, we are thieves. . . .
     If we are completely free from stealing and greed, contented with what we have, and if we keep our minds serene, all wealth comes to us.  If we do not run after it, before long it runs after us.  If nature knows we aren't greedy, she gains confidence in us, knowing we will never hold her for ourselves.

-Sri Swami Satchidananda,  The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Book 2

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