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Our fourth sub-limb of the Yamas is brahmacharya (brah-muh-char-yuh). This has many different meanings including celibacy and restraint which makes it an unpopular or misunderstood Yama. However, this Yama is a beautiful way of exploring where we are putting energy - sexual or otherwise. In Sanskrit ‘Brahma’ means God / creative force / divine / *insert word(s) of your choice* whilst ‘charya’ means to follow. Since Brahma is within all of us, brahmacharya means utilising your prana (vital energy) for your highest good.
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This month Jyoti explores the deeper meaning of the term 'Ahimsa', which is often interpreted as 'non-violence' in the physical sense.

Yama means ‘bridle’ or ‘reign’ in Sanskrit and are moral disciplines towards the outside world (and as a result ourselves). 

Ahimsa (a-him-sah) translates to non-violence. Many people think of non-violence as a principle from Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr. and, as a result, take it to mean not committing physical acts of violence.

As we delve deeper into yogic philosophy we will be considering the terms at three levels - thoughts, words and actions. These are all connected since your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your character and your character becomes your values.

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