You must also welcome any pain this life will produce. In this way, you rise above material desires. Doing this does not mean you will be free from material desires. It means you will perceive your material desires as useless. This will allow you to direct your energy towards spiritual desires. Tagged: atma , lifestyle , meditation , patanjali , philosophy , yoga , yoga sutras. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account.
Amy Ippoliti Decodes Yoga Sutra 1.3: Dwell in Your Own Nature
In the Yoga Sutra, Patanjali names abhyasa practice and vairagya dispassion as the two essential elements of yoga. And in Sutra 1. For ascetics, the purpose of vairagya is to realize a kind of autonomy by severing all attachments to the body—not exactly a compelling goal for a modern yoga practitioner. In this view, the purpose of vairagya is not to separate ourselves from our bodies, but instead to cultivate a deeper intimacy with them by tapping into innate creative forces. Asana practice is an excellent opportunity to practice this more-engaging, less-repressive Tantric form of vairagya. As we move and breathe through the postures, we arouse primitive impulses of all kinds. But if we remain focused on the steady flow of our breath, we can remain grounded in our bodies.
Yoga Sūtra Verse 1.15
Detachment is consciousness of self-mastery, of one who has no thirst for any object either seen or heard about. Detachment is the consciousness of self-mastery of one who has no thirst for any object either seen or heard about. The word object has to be taken twice: without thirst for any object seen, and without thirst for any object heard about. Visible objects means what are both objects and directly perceived. What would they be? He illustrates with the examples of women, food and drink, and power. Though there is an infinity of objects, yet the principal impulse of passion is to possess women, food and drink, and power. In these cases passion is at its most powerful and is to be opposed with corresponding effort. Answer No, for there are four distinct stages in the state of detachment: 1 awareness of striving, 2 awareness of transgressions, 3 awareness of mind alone, and 4 awareness of mastery. The awareness common to these four is detachment.