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Yama

[yuhm-uh] /ˈyʌm ə/
noun, Hindu Mythology
1.
the Vedic god presiding over the underworld.
Origin
< Sanskrit yama
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yama

(Sanskrit: "restraint"), in the Yoga system of Indian philosophy, first of the eight stages intended to lead the aspirant to samadhi, or state of perfect concentration. An ethical preparation, meant to purify the individual, yama involves the abstinence from injury to others and from lying, stealing, sex, and avarice.

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