“Demystifying Patanjali” was based on the wisdom of Paramhansa Yogananda presented by his disciple- Swami Kriyananda as a basis for a balanced Yogi to study. It is important to understand that these interpretations can somehow get mixed up. As far as 1-5 is concerned it is a complex Sutra and one that you should take your time with learning.
Vrittis= one’s self-developed inclinations (desires & attachments)
Some cause pain, some give pleasure.
*No self-definition can bring anyone happiness.
Sharing with others can only help to remove a layer of egoism from the giver’s consciousness.
We must try to overcome all self-definitions.
Our vrittis do not define us as we are; they only define us as we think we are.
We may tread the downward path to further suffering, or the upward, to eventual bliss in him.
Take what you can from each lesson and share your knowledge.
Yoga Sutra 1-4
“Otherwise (if one hasn’t found inner peace) the vrittis cause the indwelling Self to assume many (outward) forms.
Your “vrittis” or “desires” can cause things to happen. Until you learn to attain inner calmness, your “vrittis” or (inclinations, attachments) can self-define you as you are not truly meant to be seen.
The writer gave us this as an example: “We can tell ourselves I am ________. None of that is true. We are the immortal, ever changeless Atman, the Supreme Self.”
Point being, we are not our “vrittis”, you are not what you desire, those desires only determine our temporary life. We are made from God this is true because all creation itself is only his manifestation. There is something to ponder on this week through the eyes of one that went before us.
Patanjali says “Experience over many years has convinced me that, if we really repose our trust in God, and ask nothing for ourselves, he will supply all of our needs.”
The context of Sutra 1-3 teaches us that by having a calm mind, we can calm opposition in our lives. When we don’t allow a calm mind to take precedent, we disarm the calmness of our mind.
So, what this said to me personally is that by first trusting in God for your outcome in all things, Secondly, by being calm in your mannerism when dealing with people and situations all of your
needs will be met. Not only that they will be met while you find “tranquility”. I know this one is difficult to wrap your head around at first, it seems almost too much, this is where faith is built.
As the book reminds us, this aphorism of Patanjali, therefore, should be taken not only as a promise of reward but as counsel for the right attitude to hold under any circumstance.