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Storytelling and The Ethic of Truthfulness

February 24, 2017

Tags: Heidi, Yamas, satya, truthfulness

“See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are.”
1 John 3:1


One of the ethical principles of right action in yoga is truthfulness or satya. Simple enough at face value. Truthfulness is one of the first virtues that we teach children. A wide-eyed toddler tells a story of the teddy bear that picked up a crayon and drew on the wall, prompting a suppressed smile from a care-giving adult during the telling. Undoubtedly a lesson will follow from the caregiver equating truth with reality, separating truth from fantasy. Eventually there will follow a moral lesson for the youngster, that truth is good and untruth, a lie, is bad.

The fact is we don’t stop telling stories when we get older—although they probably will become less fanciful. We are storytellers throughout our lives. (more…)