The Ten Niyamas (Observances) of Hinduism
Hri (remorse) - feeling shame and performing penance for misdeeds.
Santosha (contentment) - living a life that strives for joy, serenity, and peace of mind.
Dana (giving) - giving generously to others without expecting anything in return.
Astikya (faith) - maintaining a firm belief in God, the gods and goddesses, the spiritual teacher (guru), and living a life that follows the path to enlightenment.
Ishvarapujana (worship) - practicing daily puja (prayer) and meditation.
Siddhanta Shravana (scriptures) - studying the holy books and the teachings of wise teachers and holy men.
Mati (cognition) - under the guidance of a guru, gaining spiritual growth and wisdom.
Vrata (sacred vows) - live a life according to all religious vows, rules, and observances.
Japa (recitation) - chant holy mantras daily.
Tapas (austerity) - living a life without attachment to material things or the ego.
Hinduism strives to achieve a balance between avoiding unethical behavior and living a virtuous, spiritual life. The goal is to live in the world without being touched (or tainted) by the world. This takes a lifetime of practice, discipline, devotion, and commitment.
August 9, 2021
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