Satya means truth. Satya is the second yama, or cardinal truths. The opposite is Asatya or falsehood, lies, and misrepresentation. Satya means telling the truth as you see it, while being aware that yours is not the only version of truth. This is due to the fact that what you see as true is your perspective and interpretation. This occurs due to ones point of view, context, and hidden biases we are all guilty of. Even when you cannot engender warm feelings, love, and compassion towards somebody, it is necessary to communicate truthfully and precisely. If speaking the truth has negative consequences for another, then it is better to remain silent because Satya should never come into conflict with Ahimsa. Now turning it the other way, if you choose to remain silent when information you possess, feedback you can provide, or skepticism you share can help in making a decision, or improve upon the quality of the decision, then you are violating Satya. Projecting judgment, making assumptions, and providing feedback that is unhelpful is also violation of Satya. Let us incorporate Satya in all aspects of our everyday life and bring happiness in this world.
About Kammitment: Led by scientist and life-coach Kamalesh (Kam) Rao, Kammitment helps one realize and make a commitment towards self-actualization, through tailored leadership coaching workshops and programs for students and professionals in all stages of their lives, by drawing upon the time-tested principles of Yoga and Mindfulness. Kam has spent 20 years as a scientist and a manufacturing professional in the pharmaceuticals industry, and continues to consult with the industry. In his free time he leads executive coaching programs for Fortune 100 clients. A certified Yoga instructor, Kam lives in Oakland, CA and is an active volunteer in the Bay Area community when he is not perfecting the next Pretzel pose in Yoga and tapping into its myriad benefits. For further information, please email [email protected]