Yoga Sutras 1:6
(The vritis are) right and wrong conceptions of what is , imagination, sleep, and memory. All vritis, in stirring the waters of feeling, distort the reality that is soul-Bliss.
Boy is it hot! I hope this blog post finds you enjoying the start of summer. We have been studying the Yoga Sutras for a couple of month’s now and learning what Patanjali wanted to express to us in his writings. As we dig deeper into the Sutras we find ourselves taking apart little pieces of this vast puzzle of how to live our yogic lives.
Sutra 1:6 tells us that practicing meditation and calm wisdom is the best way to avoid the illusion of our vrittis (desires).
Think of God, pray for his grace and ask to seek his presence in meditation.
Srikrishna said in the Bhagavad Gita: “Get away from my ocean of suffering and misery!”
Don’t worry if that quote confuses you, it should. We will study the Gita in 2018 after we better understand the Sutras.
Namaste With love,
“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.
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.
Join us as we review the teachings of Patanjali in the book review of “Demystifying Patanjali”. To best understand what the “founder” of Yogic teachings was trying to express when he created his masterpiece we will take an approach of going through each of the Yoga Sutra’s (system of learning the eight limbs of yoga).
Patanjali is considered to have created the authoritative text on yoga in his classical writings during C 2d Century B.C.; The Yoga School of Indian Philosophy.
What we soon discover in the beginning of the book ” is that Patanjali did not offer any particular system or way of learning yoga. Instead, he teaches us in his writings as translated with the wisdom of Paramhansa Yogananda there are stages in our journey which every “truth seeker” must travel.
Patanjali explains “Sankhya” is meant to persuade people of the uselessness of seeking fulfillment through physical senses. Our physical bodies are not our true self. Sutras are a meditative discovery of liberation consisting of these eight steps of yoga.