Niyama Freedom from all Observances: santosha

Niyama Freedom from all Observances

2.42 santosha anuttamah sukha labhah


Santosha: contentment, being not happy or sad. Enjoying every moment of being in consciousness.


Throughout history, people have been materialistic in one degree or another, but our self-indulgent generation today seems to be striving for more is better. We made ourselves indulgence to the material things and developed a consumption ethic, focusing on buying, getting rather than meeting needs of others and fulfilling our duties.

We were deeply concerned about getting more and more things, even if that meant long hours at the workplace. The sequences, we reached to the point of being a kind of material saturation – I want, I get. I can’t get, I kill to get. (Either metaphorically or actually.) What I want is more important than what you want. Want, want, want. Is that the best we can know how? The end result of this line of thinking is almost always perceived failure and frustration.

Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong to have more, to become rich or successful. But if you do achieved them…

  1. Don’t become arrogant. Work hard and become successful in life but don’t think of yourself as better than others because of your material wealth.
  2. Don’t put your hope in your wealth. A good job or business and its steady earnings can be here today and gone tomorrow.
  3. Be rich in good deeds. A good deed is a free and voluntary act of service toward another person. Doing good deeds for others is the fruit of achieving supreme joy.
  4. Be generous and willing to share. Generous people are synergistic. They build organizations and contribute to the success others. Think about it: who wants to be with someone who only takes?


“We normally seek things that we do not have and start dreaming about it. Without appreciation of what we have, we are diverted to the extremes of pleasure and pain.”