We continue of our journey into Demystifying Patanjali Yoga Sutra 1-8:
“Wrong understanding is when we mistake true nature of that which is being considered.”
Have you ever done something and then later found out that you made a huge mistake? Sure you have, we all have at one time or another. In this Century most of us are on information overload and don’t even realize it because we are too busy being busy taking on more information or “data”. I will give you one huge example that we are each familiar with “Social Media:”
How many hours of your life do you spend on your mobile device or computer tagging family/friends, uploading images, reading posts, agreeing or disagreeing over those posts etc. Are you so glued to your Social Media that you bring your phone to the table while eating? Sure you do, most of you do, admit it. Do you sit across from a friend or coworker and totally pretend to be listening to them while your engrossed in the next chime on your cell phone from Facebook, Snap Chat, Twitter etc.?
While Social Media is clearly a tool that society uses to share and express we are to be mature enough to curtail our intake and output in the electronic World and in the World in general.This is why mediation and reflection are so important in your daily lives. But I understand, for some of you, your too busy just treading water right?
At least take the time to consider how if you stop what you are doing and pick up this book and begin to study along that you may just find a way to clear out a path in your schedule for “you time” and then when you actually do this you will thank yourself for it.
We need to clear the mind and to do that we need to clear a path, then and only then we can see the truth.
So how do we tell the truth from false visions? This is not so easy. When we have “wrong understanding” it becomes an obstacle in our life, especially as we try to go on our spiritual path.
As Patanjali teaches us we need a few things in out tool kit to take along:
We need to learn:
Our minds are inclined to self-deception. We are born of wishful thinking and ego-protectiveness.
So how do we get started? We each need to find our Guru (teacher,mentor). When we find the Guru we need to approach this Guru with the right attitude in order for things to progress in our manifestation.
How will you know who your Guru is? It will just feel right, you’ll know when you meet him/her. There are times in your life when you will move on to new Guru’s and it is possible to have more than one Guru. For now try to clear your path and open your mind.
Trust me, please trust me, if you have a heart of humility, you devote yourself to your practice and you open up to all possibilities and are ready to listen, learn, try new ideas and new things then you will be able to tell truth from false visions. It is a process, yoga is a process. It took your body, mind and soul many years to be the way you are today and it will take a long time to undue what you need to clean up and to add the new tools that you need to survive and become enlightened.
The good news is that if you are watching this video and reading along, you are already practicing on your spiritual path.