Let's enjoy our life - Aparigraha

In the Yoga Sutra, Patanjali laid out the yamas (things to avoid, codes of self restraint, moral restraints) and niyamas (things to observe, observances)

One of the yamas is aparigraha, which means

1. abstaining from attachment or

2. greedlessness, non-greediness or

3. not having unnecessary things around our self and not longing for what other people have or

4. avoid the accumulation of unnecessary possessions or

5. keeping only what you need and wanting only what you need

Each time we buy a new article, we feel happy, but after few hours or days the emptiness come back and then we buy something else.

We buy new clothes and more clothes, shoes and more shoes, furniture and more furniture.

Consciously focus on what is good for us.

Consciously avoid the accumulation of unnecessary possessions.

When we go to a tourist place, even though we are very tired, we hop from one place to another to have a photo shot to show to our friends and relatives that we have been to such and such spots at the tourist place. We make our vacation tour into another stressed and tiring activity. Actually vacation tour are to relax ourselves.

Sometimes we do not feel like going to a movie, but we go to see the movie, so that our friends and relatives may not say that "What!! you have not seen this movie".

Some countries are at war with other countries as they need more and more gasoline and petrol for more and more big cars and private jets.

We destroy environment with our own excess consumption and than talk about Global Warming.

Due to wrong and excess consumption of ideas and living style, we are unable to pursue things which we love to do.

The desire for wrong and excess consumption causes unhappiness.

Due to wrong and excess consumption and accumulation of unnecessasy possessions, we have to work long hours, leaving less time for what we really enjoy.

If we reduce our desire for wrong and excess consumption, we can lead more satisfying lives.

Buy consciously.

Conscious buying would lead you to eat better and healthy food, wear better and comfortable clothes, give you more time to enjoy your life, will de-clutter your life.



  1. Living consciously and with as little clutter as possible sounds like a great way to be. It is so easy to buy things unnecessarily that our lives can become cluttered without realising it.

    Over the last 18 months I have been more frugal than before, however, at times, I still find it difficult to say no to my children. Teaching them is certainly a challenge.

  2. angesbiz, your comment is appreciated. aparigraha does not say to live a frugal life. It says avoid unnecessary possessions. If a person is an astronaut, he or she would need a rocket and a satellite. He or she should follow it. It says we should follow what is good for humanity and this universe. Also it is not about saying no to children. If something is not good for children we have to say no to them, just to live frugally, we should not say no to them. aparigraha is about making good decisions, good for mankind and universe.

  3. Hi Rajesh, maybe I used the incorrect word there. By being frugal, you do avoid unnecessary possessions. I agree that we should not say no to children too as they hear it too many times in a lifetime as it is. However, saying no to unnecessary possessions is what I was referring too. How else would you tell them otherwise? Perhaps I am not getting it quite right. Enlighten me please.


  4. Agne, Yes it is difficult to explain everything with words. To make our children follow good path of understanding, we need to understand ourselves and we need to follow the path of avoiding unnecessary possessions. There is on observance in Yoga, which is "Svadhyaya: Study of the Self". We need to improve our thoughts, speech and actions. It will automatically make our children to understand the goodness of it. Learning process is trial and error method. Unless we burn our finger in fire, we do not understand what is fire or how powerful fire is. So children will learn with their own experiences. I have learned a lot from my parents life.