Helpful Life Principles


Compassion for self and others (Ahimsa)

  • Be kind.
  • Treat all living beings as you want to be treated.
  • Approach yourself and others with a spirit of nonjudgment

    and nonviolence.

  • Seek to understand others, rather than judge them.
  • Treat yourself like you are your best friend.
  • Don’t gossip. It’s hurtful.


Truth (Satya)

  • Live honestly.
  • Be a person of your word.
  • Have courage and conviction to live your truth.
  • Be truthful. In the long run, it’s easier to tell the truth.



Not Stealing (Asteya)

  • Do not steal anything.
  • Be conscious of using only what you need

    (electricity, paper, gas, etc.).

  • Do not take advantage of people’s generosity.
  • Credit others when representing their ideas.
  • Practice generosity. Practice giving; be aware of taking.
  • Consider the phrase: “what goes around, comes around.”


Self Restraint (Brahmacharya)

  • Be sexually responsible; treat yourself and others with

    genuine respect.

  • Think before you act. Consider and talk about all the choices available.
  • Practice self-control and limit self-indulgences.
  • Cultivate the ability to walk away or say no, especially when you don’t have total trust that things are safe.


Not Grasping (Aparigraha)

  • Be aware of and temper your human tendency to be

    attached to material things.

  • Be mindful of how much you really need.
  • Approach change with curiosity and possibility rather

    than attachment and loss.

  • Explore the impulse for receiving immediate gratification.


Purity (Saucha)

  • Your body is a temple; treat it that way (smoking, drinking,

    food, movies, web sites).

  • Examine the effects of your inputs such as magazines, videos, chat groups, food. How do they make you feel? Make intelligent choices.


Acceptance (Santosha)

  • Accept yourself in the present and approach the future

    with optimism. Find contentment.

  • Cultivate gratitude for what you have.
  • Rather than feeling sorry for yourself, affect change where

    you can and let go of the rest.

  • Be aware of your own competitiveness. When appropriate, stop, so as to prevent harm.
  • Realize you can’t change other people.
  • Accept successes, forgive failures.


Ambition and Zeal (Tapas)

  • Do your best.
  • Harness your energy to follow good habits.
  • Set goals.
  • Simply get started. It’s half the battle.


Self Awareness (Svadhyaya)

  • Seek to see yourself with clarity.
  • Be reflective and learn from your mistakes.
  • Be aware of your breath.
  • Watch your reaction to things. Learn about yourself by what bothers you.
  • Write down your strengths and weaknesses. Ask others to verify.


Devotion to Greater Power (Ishvara Pranidhana)

  • Believe that there is meaning to the world.
  • Develop trust in your intuition.
  • Find what is sacred for you.
  • Know your values. Know what you value most.