Aparigraha (non-coveting), the fifth of the five yamas, urges us to let go of everything that we do not need, possessing only as much as necessary.
From a societal perspective, "non-coveting" seems to be linked to the fourth yama "Brahmacharya" (continence), in the sense that, we have so much excess in our culture today, a culture of consumption, a culture of "keeping up with the Joneses", always chasing "more, more, more"; always wanting "the best", never "settling for less".
This "more" attitude makes it even more challenging to reject the material or non-material chase, and to be content with only as much as necessary.
We often identify with our "stuff". We see our "stuff" as a "status symbol", as part of our worth.
Despite the obvious, vast amount of waste, through excess, that we produce as a society, it is still challenging to "cut back".
It is through the internal journey to the self, that we can achieve some level of "non-coveting", by realizing that everything we need for our happiness already exists inside of us. That no amount of "chasing the stuff" will make us happy.
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