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Consequences of non-compliance with aparigraha

It is believed that every thing we own including is sustained by our energy. At the stage of wanting that thing and acquiring it, our energy is expended. But when it is already ours and, for example, lying quietly in a mezzanine, the loss of energy is not so obvious.

To illustrate this point, there are two owners: Peter and Ivan. Peter owns a small one-room apartment. And Ivan has a three-story mansion with a yard and garden. Let’s try to guess and then compare: how much effort and money (and this is all energy) does the first needs to keep his apartment clean and orderly? And how much to the second?

And this applies to any, even the smallest thing in our property. If you’ve had the experience of getting rid of a bunch of old unused stuff, you probably know what I mean. After all, there is usually a vivid sense of vigor and vigor after such sorting.

Thus, the consequence of not observing aparigraha is a waste of our life energy.

But there’s more.

Let’s go back to our property owners, Ivan and Peter. Their apartment and house were made by builders from materials created by others. From raw materials that were mined by third parties. In yoga, it’s believed that if you use something that wasn’t made with your own hands, there’s a karmic debt that you have to pay back one day …

It turns out that observing aparigraha allows us to:

Conserve our energy;
Keep us safe from new karmic debts.
Not only that. In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali points out that “observing this principle allows us to gain knowledge of past incarnations – their kind, time and cause. And also to learn about further rebirths.” (translated by Swami Satyananda Saraswati).

Tempting, isn’t it? But that’s not all…