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,
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,
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Wishing you health and love always,