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Yoga Sutra: Tapa

Tapah A burning desire must fuel your discipline. You must make the effort to continuously study the subject. You must devote all your efforts to the supreme self. These are the actions to be taken yo realise yoga.
Yoga sutra 11.1
Patanjali

Yoga sutra Patanjali

TATRA STHITAU YATNO,BHYASAH

Of these two, effort towards steadiness of mind is practise.
Here Patanjali means continuous practise, not just for one or two days. You have to always be at it, not just a few minutes a day and then allowing the mind to have its own free time all the other hours.It means you become eternally watchful, scrutinizing every thought, every word and every action.

Book one 13.
Translation Sri Swami Satchiddananda

Ahimsa

Ahimsa is probably one of the best known Yamas of the Eight Limbs Yoga Path and is often described as "non-harming" or "non-killing".

Patanjali's description in the Yoga Sutras is as follows:
Himsa means to cause pain
Ahimsa not to cause painThe translation of Patanjali Yoga Sutras by Sri Swami Satchidananda goes on to say:
"Killing is different from causing pain. Causing pain can be more harmful than killing. Even by your words, even by your thoughts you can cause pain".
(Patanjali Yoga Sutras Book 11.30). Ahimsa in our lives

So how do we bring Ahimsa into our life? Firstly, I believe we have to have some understanding of how we can harm ourselves; looking at some areas of our lives that might not be working for us. If we hate our jobs; don’t feed ourselves in a caring way; berate ourselves for not being good, rich and/or successful enough etc... we are acting on Himsa. These are just a few examples, as we all have different ways in which we can cause our…