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Yoga Sutras
Sutra 2.37

asteya-pratiṣṭhāyāṁ sarvaratnopasthānam

To one established in non-stealing, all wealth comes.

Translated - Swami Satchidananda

When we engage in stealing, whether it be physical objects, ideas, time, or energy, it reflects a mindset of lack and scarcity. It is an indication that we believe we are lacking something in our lives and that we need to take from others to fulfil those perceived deficiencies. If we operate from a space of dishonesty and lack, we are likely to find ourselves in situations and circumstances that mirror these qualities. This can lead to a cycle of continuous scarcity and discontent, as we never truly find fulfillment by taking from others. On the other hand, when we embrace the principle of asteya and live with integrity, we shift our focus from lack to abundance. By acknowledging that we already have within us the potential for contentment and sufficiency, we let go of the need to take from others to feel complete. Living with integrity and non-stealing aligns us with the flow of abundance and prosperity. It creates an energy of trust and positivity that attracts more opportunities, resources, and positive experiences into our lives. When we respect others' boundaries and rights, we build authentic and meaningful relationships, fostering a sense of community and support. By breaking free from the focus on lack, we open ourselves to the abundance that life has to offer. This abundance is not solely measured by material possessions but includes inner wealth such as peace, joy, and a sense of purpose. It is the wealth that comes from living in alignment with our true values and the interconnectedness of all life.
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