Welcome back to the Sutra review! Today we discuss Vritti= Eddy, vortex or “whirlpool” and how this affects your life. From Demystifying Patanjali Sutra 1-2:
“Our desires and attachments do not make our thoughts fluctuate so much, like waves, instead, we grip them to us just as a river’s current draws things to the center, we revolve our desires around our egos, as in a vortex”
Pretty strong stuff for us to focus on, but oh so helpful in the lessons of life. Basically, as long as we find ourselves pulled in both directions between what we desire and what life will have for us, we are inwardly divided and can never know peace. However, if we find God first in all things and direct our tendencies in one direction we are no longer denying that higher nature and this will lead us to that peace that was meant for us.
Mon- mind- centered in the top of the head
Buddhi- intellect, centered between the eyebrows
Ahankara- ego, centered in the medulla oblongata
Chitta- feeling, centered in the heart
Every desire must be neutralized. Yoga is the neutralization of every little vortices.
Yogananda says ” Desires, forever gratified, never satisfied”
Have a beautiful week,