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Niyama
 

Niyama (Practices, Observances)



Cleanliness (saucha)
Obvious: Purity of body and environment. Subtle: Purity of consciousness/vibration. Upon Mastery: Indifference to things of the body; no longer seeking pleasure physically.

Contentment (santosha)
Obvious and Subtle: Ability to embrace things just as they are. Upon Mastery: Unceasing inner happiness, arid realization of bliss in every atom of creation and beyond creation.

Austerity (tapasya)
Obvious: Self-discipline, simplicity; removal of distractions. Subtle: Mastery over likes and dislikes, attained in large part by not giving in to them. Upon Mastery: Attainment of various psychic powers (siddh is).

Self-Study (swadhyaya)
Obvious and Subtle: Introspect objectively about our behavior, motivations, desires, etc. Upon Mastery: Ability to commune with beings on higher spheres of existence and to receive their help.

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