“Right understanding comes from direct perception, inference, and valid authority.”
How do we know God exists? Most of us can’t speak from personal experience. So, should our knowledge come from interpretation or assumption? Wow this Sutra is awesome!
The author of Demystifying Pantanjali tells us “When it comes to a simple earthly matter, valid authority may come to us by a phone call or a radio report. But when it comes to spiritual matters- like, “Does God exist?”- true perception is rare; without true intuition, perception is not always reliable.
The take away:
God must be consciousness!
Valid authority is the most important of all.
Do Not Take Advice From Men
“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.
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,