“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.
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,
It has been five months since I last blogged to you. I’ve been slowing down due to a few reasons and missed you all so much. I’ve had a lot of time to gear up in the reading department.I wanted to bring you something really special for your summer enjoyment. This summer we are discussing the book “How To Meditate” by Author Pema Chodron. Pema Chödrön is an American, 79 years of age, and a Tibetan Buddhist. She is an ordained nun, acharya, and disciple of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Chodron has written several books and is the director of the Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, Canada.
We will start with pondering why we should meditate and how to get started meditating.
I would like you to join me in discovering the importance of looking within.
Please watch Pema as she discusses the experience of “getting hooked” on meditation and then my video introduction as we begin going through the book review.