As we head into this Labor Day weekend we continue in our study of the book “Demystifying Patanjali”. The Yoga Sutras as written many years ago by Patanjali and interpreted ever since by several others.
By now if you have been on this path with us, you have an understanding for what the Sutras are. Hopefully you have enjoyed 1:1-10. The Sutras are very complex and could easily take a lifetime to actually go through due to the nature of understanding each one and how it applies to your life. There is just so much out there that I feel we need to start tackling as a group and other great works I want to share in our book club.
As we go into the fall season we will start reviewing another book and yes (as requested in your emails), we will continue to spend some time each blog to go through the other Sutras.
Have an enjoyable weekend and take time to nurture your spirit and that of others around you.
Memory: Memory is clinging (refusing to abandon any ideas of objects that return to the mind).
The vrittis are calmed by practice and by non-attachment.
“Banat, Banat, banjai Doing, Doing, at last, done”
Don’t be constantly looking for results
The endeavor to develop even-mindedness is what constitutes spiritual practice.
Spiritual practice becomes firmly grounded when it is undertaken for a long time, without a break, and with deep earnestness.
“I am doing this as a part of your play. It means nothing to me”= the outcome.
“I am always inwardly at peace with Thee.”
From constant self-remembrance there comes complete non-attachment to things seen or heard. Not just by sight, but by what we hear if we seek daily news or gossip. However, when we live in the consciousness of God, all outer attachments fade away.
The mind grows by what it feeds upon.
Include God in all of your activities practice the presence of God.
When one ceases to thirst for outward manifestation, having realized the Purusha, one attains supreme non-attachment.
Sampragyata samadhi (sabikalpa samadhi; the state of conditioned oneness) is still tied to the various functions of the ego.
Unconditioned samadhi occurs with the cessation of all conscious thought. Subconscious memories alone remain.
Yogis who have not attained the highest state by the time they die remain attached to Prakriti (nature), owing to the ego’s continued identification with outwardness.
There are 2 types of yogis:
(1) Those who have attained their goal.
(2) Those working toward attainment.
Yoga= union/oneness with God.
For the others, the highest state is attained through faith (based on experience), strength of will, mindfulness (retaining constantly the awareness of God’s presence), conditioned oneness (sabikalpa samadhi), and discrimination.
Patanjali says true yoga may be attained not only by the practice of yoga techniques but also through right application as follows:
(1) Faith: Belief is good because without it we’d never even start to follow our path, but faith depends on results. The greater the results, the greater the faith.
(2)Strong will power: The half-hearted seeker will never find God.
(3) Devotion: The more devoted we are the greater tests we are able to bear.
(4) Sit surrounded by vast space- Try to relax so you are not aware of your body during meditation.
(5) Discrimination: Learning to determine if visions are real or imaginary. A real vision will bring a heightened consciousness, bliss, clear awareness.