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  • Writer's picturePremanandhan Narayanan

Pet Ownership and Raja Yoga: Balancing Spiritual Principles and Animal Welfare

The question of whether a Raja Yogi can have pets at home is a complex one that involves different factors, including the practitioner's beliefs and principles, the impact of pet ownership on spiritual practice, and the welfare of the animal.

In Raja Yoga, the aim is to purify the mind and achieve union with the Divine. As such, practitioners are encouraged to minimize distractions and attachments that may hinder their spiritual growth. Paramathma, the Supreme Soul, advises against developing new relationships, including those with pets, as it may lead to attachment and sorrow. Furthermore, feeding pets non-vegetarian food goes against the principle of ahimsa (non-violence) that is central to Raja Yoga.

However, it is also important to consider the welfare of the animal. Owning a pet comes with a responsibility to provide for its physical, emotional, and social needs. If one is unable to meet these needs or if owning a pet conflicts with one's spiritual principles, it may be best to refrain from pet ownership.

If someone chooses to have a pet as a Raja Yogi, it is important to ensure that the pet is cared for properly and that its needs are met in a way that aligns with the practitioner's beliefs and principles. This may include providing vegetarian food, spending quality time with the pet, and seeking out the guidance of a spiritual mentor or teacher.

In conclusion, the decision to have a pet as a Raja Yogi is a personal one that should be made after careful consideration of one's beliefs, principles, and the welfare of the animal. Ultimately, the aim of Raja Yoga is to purify the soul and achieve union with the Divine, and any decision regarding pet ownership should be made with this goal in mind.


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