Vedic rules of life - Hindu and Hinduism way of living in Sanatan Dharma

Vedic Hindu traditions should be practiced towards those who genuinely respect Vedic values. Vedic humanistic values are shown towards humans not inhuman people who hate peace, love and advocate terrorism to spread their cultism. 

Vedic principles are ways to lead life in peaceful manner with prosperity and happiness. It does not say that Hindus alone should follow these rules, these are for humans. Nor does it convey that only those who follow these Rules are Hindus. These are suggested ways of Life as taught by wise Rishis.

Vedic Principles of Life

The 10 Vedic Restraints, Yama

Vedic Yama 1

Non-injury, Ahimsa

Practice non-injury, not harming others by thought, word or deed, even in your dreams. Live a kindly life, revering all beings as expressions of the One Divine energy. Let go of fear and insecurity, the sources of abuse. Knowing that harm caused to others unfailingly returns to oneself, live peacefully with God’s creation. Never be a source of dread, pain or injury. Follow a vegetarian diet.

Vedic Yama 2

Truthfulness, Satya

Adhere to truthfulness, refraining from lying and betraying promises. Speak only that which is true, kind, helpful and necessary. Knowing that deception creates distance, don’t keep secrets from family or loved ones. Be fair, accurate and frank in discussions, a stranger to deceit. Admit your failings. Do not engage in slander, gossip or backbiting. Do not bear false witness against another.

Vedic Yama 3

Non-stealing, Asteya

Uphold the virtue of nonstealing, neither thieving, coveting nor failing to repay debt. Control your desires and live within your means. Do not use borrowed resources for unintended purposes or keep them past due. Do not gamble or defraud others. Do not renege on promises. Do not use others’ name, words, resources or rights without permission and acknowledgement.

Vedic Yama 4

Divine Conduct, Brahmacharya

Practice divine conduct, controlling lust by remaining celibate when single and faithful in marriage. Before marriage, use vital energies in study, and after marriage in creating family success. Don’t waste the sacred force by promiscuity in thought, word or deed. Be restrained with the opposite s*x. Seek holy company. Dress and speak modestly. Shun pornography, s*xual humor and violence.

Vedic Yama 5

Patience, Kshama

Exercise patience, restraining intolerance with people and impatience with circumstances. Be agreeable. Let others behave according to their nature, without adjusting to you. Don’t argue, dominate conversations or interrupt others. Don’t be in a hurry. Be patient with children and the elderly. Minimize stress by keeping worries at bay. Remain poised in good times and bad.

Vedic Yama 6

Steadfastness, Dhriti

Foster steadfastness, overcoming nonperseverance, fear, indecision and changeableness. Achieve your goals with a prayer, purpose, plan, persistence and push. Be firm in your decisions. Avoid sloth and procrastination. Develop willpower, courage and industriousness. Overcome obstacles. Never carp or complain. Do not let opposition or fear of failure result in changing strategies.

Vedic Yama 7

Compassion, Daya

Practice compassion, conquering callous, cruel and insensitive feelings toward all beings. See God everywhere. Be kind to people, animals, plants and the Earth itself. Forgive those who apologize and show true remorse. Foster sympathy for others’ needs and suffering. Honor and assist those who are weak, impoverished, aged or in pain. Oppose family abuse and other cruelties.

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Vedic Yama 8

Honesty, Arjava

Maintain honesty, renouncing deception and wrongdoing. Act honorably even in hard times. Obey the laws of your nation and locale. Pay your taxes. Be straightforward in business. Do an honest day’s work. Do not bribe or accept bribes. Do not cheat, deceive or circumvent to achieve an end. Be frank with yourself. Face and accept your faults without blaming them on others.

Vedic Yama 9

Moderate Appetite, Mitahara

Be moderate in appetite, do not eat too much and never consume meat, fish, shellfish, fowl or eggs. Enjoy fresh, wholesome vegetarian foods that vitalize the body. Avoid junk food. Drink juices in moderation. Eat at regular times, only when hungry, at a moderate pace, never between meals, in a disturbed atmosphere or when upset. Follow a simple diet, avoiding rich or fancy fare.

Vedic Yama 10

Purity, Saucha

Uphold the ethic of purity, avoiding impurity in mind, body and speech. Maintain a clean, healthy body. Keep a pure, uncluttered home and workplace. Act virtuously. Keep good company, never mixing with adulterers, thieves or other impure people. Keep away from pornography and violence. Never use harsh, angered or indecent language. Worship devoutly. Meditate daily.

Allow yourself the expression of remorse, being modest and showing shame for misdeeds. Recognize your errors, confess and make amends. Sincerely apologize to those hurt by your words or deeds. Resolve all contention before sleep. Seek out and correct your faults and bad habits. Welcome correction as a means to bettering yourself. Do not boast. Shun pride and pretension.

Vedic Guru teaching other rishis

Vedic Way to Keep Yourself Energetic Whole Day

Awake early in the morning around 4:30 am. Do not sleep after 5:30 am.

Post bath, chant this Surya mantra. Take dip in river, paying respect to Sun. Look at Sun, if it is cloudy then remember Sun in mind while chanting mantra. Arpan of water towards Sun is very important while chanting the verses. Offering water to Sun with mantras, bestows you with grace of the Sun god in life and infuses strength. It invokes immense energy and positivity in the Sadhak. As per Surya Mantra Upasak “सूर्य में मंत्रों के साथ उन्हें जल अर्पण करने से जीवन में सूर्य देव की कृपा बनी रहती है और अद्भुत शक्ति का संचार होता है।”

सूर्य मंत्र जाप Surya Mantra Chant

ऊँ भास्कराय पुत्रं देहि महातेजसे।
धीमहि तन्नः सूर्य प्रचोदयात्।।
ऊँ हृां हृीं सः सूर्याय नमः।।
ऊँ घृणिः सूर्य आदिव्योम।।
ऊँ हृीं श्रीं आं ग्रहधिराजाय आदित्याय नमः।
दिव्यं गन्धाढ़्य सुमनोहरम्।
वबिलेपनं रश्मि दाता चन्दनं प्रति गृह यन्ताम्।।
ॐ सहस्त्र शीर्षाः पुरूषः सहस्त्राक्षः सहस्त्र पाक्ष।
स भूमि ग्वं सब्येत स्तपुत्वा अयतिष्ठ दर्शां गुलम्।।

Vedic Hindu Surya Mantra - praying Sun gives strength and positive energy
Practice it daily. If you reside far away from river, practice it on ground or terrace. Offer water and chant Surya Mantra.

The 10 Vedic Observances, Niyama

Vedic Niyama 1

Remorse, Hri

Allow yourself the expression of remorse, being modest and showing shame for misdeeds. Recognize your errors, confess and make amends. Sincerely apologize to those hurt by your words or deeds. Resolve all contention before sleep. Seek out and correct your faults and bad habits. Welcome correction as a means to bettering yourself. Do not boast. Shun pride and pretension.

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Vedic Niyama 2

Contentment, Santosha

Nurture contentment, seeking joy and serenity in life. Be happy, smile and uplift others. Live in constant gratitude for your health, your friends and your belongings, Don’t complain about what you don’t possess. Identify with the eternal You, rather than mind, body or emotions. Keep the mountaintop view that life is an opportunity for spiritual progress. Live in the eternal now.

Vedic Niyama 3

Giving, Dana

Be generous to a fault, giving liberally without thought of reward. Tithe, offering one-tenth of your gross income (dashamamsha), as God’s money, to temples, ashrams and spiritual organizations. Approach the temple with offerings. Visit guru with gifts in hand. Donate religious literature. Feed and give to those in need. Bestow your time and talents without seeking praise. Treat guests as God.

Vedic Niyama 4

Faith, Astikya

Cultivate an unshakable faith. Believe firmly in God, Gods, guru and your path to enlightenment. Trust in the words of the masters, the scriptures and traditions. Practice devotion and sadhana to inspire experiences that build advanced faith. Be loyal to your lineage, one with your satguru. Shun those who try to break your faith by argument and accusation. Avoid doubt and despair.

Vedic Niyama 5

Worship, Ishvarapujana

Cultivate devotion through daily worship and meditation. Set aside one room of your home as God’s shrine. Offer fruit, flowers or food daily. Learn a simple puja and the chants. Meditate after each puja. Visit your shrine before and after leaving the house. Worship in heartfelt devotion, clearing the inner channels to God, Gods and guru so their grace flows toward you and loved ones.

Vedic Niyama 6

Scriptural Listening, Siddhanta Shravana

Eagerly hear the scriptures, study the teachings and listen to the wise of your lineage. Choose a guru, follow his path and don’t waste time exploring other ways. Read, study and, above all, listen to readings and dissertations by which wisdom flows from knower to seeker. Avoid secondary texts that preach violence. Revere and study the revealed scriptures, the Vedas and Agamas.

Vedic Niyama 7

Cognition, Mati

Develop a spiritual will and intellect with your satguru’s guidance. Strive for knowledge of God, to awaken the light within. Discover the hidden lesson in each experience to develop a profound understanding of life and yourself. Through meditation, cultivate intuition by listening to the still, small voice within, by understanding the subtle sciences, inner worlds and mystical texts.

Vedic Niyama 8

Sacred Vows, Vrata

Embrace religious vows, rules and observances and never waver in fulfilling them. Honor vows as spiritual contracts with your soul, your community, with God, Gods and guru. Take vows to harness the instinctive nature. Fast periodically. Pilgrimage yearly. Uphold your vows strictly, be they marriage, monasticism, nonaddiction, tithing, loyalty to a lineage, vegetarianism or nonsmoking.

Vedic Niyama 9

Recitation, Japa

Chant your holy mantra daily, reciting the sacred sound, word or phrase given by your guru. Bathe first, quiet the mind and concentrate fully to let japa harmonize, purify and uplift you. Heed your instructions and chant the prescribed repetitions without fail. Live free of anger so that japa strengthens your higher nature. Let japa quell emotions and quiet the rivers of thought.

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Vedic Niyama 10

Austerity, Tapas

Practice austerity, serious disciplines, penance and sacrifice. Be ardent in worship, meditation and pilgrimage. Atone for misdeeds through penance (prayashchitta), such as 108 prostrations or fasting. Perform self-denial, giving up cherished possessions, money or time. Fulfill severe austerities at special times, under a satguru’s guidance, to ignite the inner fires of self-transformation.

Vedic Hindu Teaching for Sanatan Dharmis

If you lead a materialistic life, Grihasth Ashrami, then complete submission to Righteousness and morality might make you a victimized person. Be practical. Take pause in making decisions. Do not trust anyone blindly. This is Kaliyug. Identify your enemy and well-wisher. Make background check of the person, think before you act.

And remember those who hate Hindus, Hinduism, Vedic Values – they do not deserve morality and mercy.

Our Vedic texts also teach Violence for protection of Dharma is righteous duty अहिंसा परमो धर्मः धर्म हिंसा तथैव च:

अहिंसा परमो धर्मः

धर्म हिंसा तथैव च:

भावार्थ: अहिंसा मनुष्य का परम धर्म है, और धर्म की रक्षा के लिए हिंसा करना उस से भी श्रेष्ठ है।

Meaning: Non-violence is the ultimate duty, Violence against evils to protect the Dharma is more righteous duty.

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