Yoga,  Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

A little bit about the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Samadhi Pada — 1.3-1.4

Hello everyone! How are you? How are you feeling? So the last time we gave a definition of yoga. This is the cessation of the movement of consciousness. Movements arise from the intellect, which is involved into the outside world. And today we’ll take 2 sutras at a time, because they are intimately related.

1.3. Tada Drashtuh Svarup Avastkhanam

Then, pure awareness can abide in its very nature

Thus as soon as a practitioner (sadhaku) can stop the mental waves that arise in his mind by his willpower, then he can see his own soul.

Our thoughts are mental vibrations based on our experience. These vibrations are formed from the thought process. And this process itself includes intellect. It analyzes the thoughts that arise from the memories of the experience.

Based on all this, Patanjali called yoga a mental practice (sadhana). And the most interesting, such yoga is possible only if our experience is positive and worthy. There is such a thing as samskaras. It is a repository of our past sensations, impressions of our subconscious. And if they are good, clean and bright, then this gives practice a high degree of susceptibility.

Thus roughly speaking, the right thoughts and their causes are already sewn into our deeper layers, and from that point it is already much easier for a person to reach higher levels. No need to waste time working through negative experiences.

1.4. Vritti Sarupyam Itaratra

The rest of the time, the contemplator is identified with the wavering consciousness.

When consciousness (chitta) sees an external visible object, it can be involved in this object. Moreover, it attracts the contemplator to this object. And thus, inside the Chitta, the contemplator is identified with the object.

In conjunction with the previous sutra, it turns out that if a practitioner is identified with his soul, then he will be in its radiance. And he knows the truth. Become aware. But as soon as consciousness merges with other external objects, awareness is lost. Consciousness ceases to conduct through itself the light of the soul, because it becomes muddy and dirty under the influence of the external.

External objects penetrate chitta through the senses of perception. And there it becomes a sensual impression.

Over time, consciousness is increasingly attracted to external objects, because it needs these impressions. And in order to take possession of these objects, the consciousness starts to identify itself with them, takes their form. This in turn carries changes in behavior and mood. Consciousness becomes cloudy, the soul is no longer visible.

So the main task of yoga is to separate consciousness (chitta) from the outside world. From all external objects with which consciousness has identified itself. To control your feelings that lead to this identification. And to clear the consciousness so that it again begins to conduct the light of the soul through itself.

Samadhi to all) And keep in touch! MarrySav

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