Sanskrit Words To Live By
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Ishvara Pranidhana

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Meaning: To surrender to the Divine
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Harnessing this Sanskrit phrase allows for complete surrender of the ego to the higher powers, directing energy from the self to complete oneness. Instructor Jamie Zimmer said, “I got the ‘Ishvara Pranidhana’ tattoo because it reminds me to let go of selfish desires and the ego and to surrender to a higher purpose the desire to control all aspects of my life.”

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Santosha

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Meaning: Contentment
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The path to santosha is the path to peace and to being comfortable, content, and happy with exactly what is happening in your life and around you. When you have harnessed santosha, you accept everything that happens to you whether it is positive or negative.

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Bhavana

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Meaning: To cultivate; develop
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By itself, bhavana focuses on spiritual cultivation and contemplation, but bhavana can also connect with other words to intentionally foster different energies in your life. For example, metta-bhavana is to cultivate love and kindness and citta-bhavana is to cultivate the heart and mind.

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Upeksha

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Meaning: Equanimity
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Equanimity is the removal of all boundaries, discriminations, and prejudices to recognize that no one is any better or any less than anyone else. It is the idea of sublime unity— that there is no separation of self and other because everyone is connected and equal.

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Vidya

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Meaning: Knowledge; clarity
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Vidya allows for clarity, knowledge, and consciousness of the self and the world to understand, respect, and honor life and become the best person you can be. Lao Tzu said, “He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.”

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SOURCES: 1, 2, 3

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What words do you live by? Share them in a comment!
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