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An integral part of the “yogin’s” path, is to follow and practice “The Eight Limbs of Yoga,” as set down in, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. The Eight Limbs are Yama (social ethics), Niyama (personal ethics), Asana (posture, sitting), Pranayama (breath regulation), Pratyahara, (internalization of the senses), Dharana (focus), Dhyana (meditation), and Samadhi (complete absorption).

“Satya” is one of the Yamas. The word “Satya” is a Sanskrit word meaning truth or truthfulness. The truth that is meant by “Satya” is not just truth in the literal sense—we can speak words that may be literally true, but do not express our true feelings, or what we know to be truthful. “Satya” means not intending to deceive others in our thoughts, words, and deeds.In terms of social discipline, one must make it a practice to know what the truth is, before speaking or writing about something or someone. Much hurt and pain has been caused by rumor spreading, gossip, and the fabricated written word.

It is also important to know what one’s own personal truth is. What do you believe in? What do you stand for? Are you living your own truth? Are you living a congruent life, true to your own principles and beliefs?

This is an original representation of “Satya”—the Sanskrit symbol of the word, encircled within a heart. While wearing this piece you may wish to recite the following prayer: Dear (Lord, Mother), please help me to always seek the truth. Please help me to always speak the truth. Please help me to always live my truth. Amen.

Design by: Linda Satya Holler