Week 12: How Earthly Desires Have No Comparison To Connection With One’s Highest Expression (Sutra 16)

“You can’t just go into the mind and erase the impressions. But they get themselves erased at one point. When? When you succeed in going within and realizing the peace and joy of your own self. The moment you understand yourself as the true Self, you find such peace and bliss that the impressions of the petty enjoyments you experienced before become as ordinary specks of light in front of a brilliant sun. You lose all interest in them permanently. That is the highest non-attachment.”

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Nothing compares to connection to your highest expression. This Love cannot be taken away, and there is nothing that you need to do (except let go of attachment to anything else), or be (except your best self), in order to experience it. This Love is the only true and eternal Love possible in our human lifetimes; all other expressions of Love are just a reflection, or an imitation, of this greatest Love.

Sutra (Thread) or Lesson 16: Tat Param Purusa Khyater Gunavaitrsnyam

Tat: that | Param: supreme | Purusa: true self | Khyateh: due to the realization | Guna: of any of the constituents of nature | vairrsnyam: non-thirst

Rumi and other ecstatic poets of the past knew it, and if you have ever had a taste of connection with your highest expression, you know it too. While other pleasures are still possible in life after connecting to your highest-self, and nothing is wrong with living and enjoying life and everything that it has to offer, enjoying basic comforts and pleasures in an unattached way, nothing compares to the connection with your divine expression, and nothing ever will.

Once this state of consciousness has been obtained, one naturally loses her/his appetite for everything else and spends his/her entire life trying to build a stronger bond with that pure energy/consciousness for as long, and as consistently, as possible in his/her lifetime. Once initial union is obtained, and we experience the bliss of that perfect and glorious experience, connection with this state of consciousness becomes our only true beloved, and we unwaveringly commit and dedicate our lives to it with all of our being.

In this state, we have no eyes for anything else, because our Love and satisfaction is whole and complete, which is why, for this Love, billions of people have journeyed both inward and all across the globe for thousands of years. Some go on long pilgrimages to connect to God, others sacrifice everything for the call of their spirit, and millions of temples have been lovingly erected using trillions and trillions of dollars worth of time, energy, and resources in honor of this Love. If we simply purify our vessel/inner landscape and create/open up the space within us to invite our full self into our being from where we sit or stand at any given moment, however, no further sacrifice is required in order to connect because connected is a part of who we truly are.

Anyone who is a seeker knows about the beauty of what she/he is striving for, and anyone who is a willing receiver of this beauty knows the experience. Either one is a sufficient motivating factor for a spiritual journey, and this is why any human on any spiritual path anywhere in the world is willing to be who he/she needs to be in order to connect, or continue to connect, with their divine expression each day. Getting even just a glimpse of this highest connection is enough to make innumerable amounts of humans throughout time and history devote their entire life to their practice.

The good news is that once connection is obtained, with practice, it becomes one’s natural state of being, with happiness and non-attachment becoming a part of who one is for the entirety of his/her lifetime (as long as she/he continues to walk the path). At this point of natural everyday expression, “nothing needs to be starved,” and a practitioner can fully/truly enjoy the world and all of it’s pleasures (The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali) since he/she will have connected with the most important and beautiful thing that is possible to experience in this lifetime. Once regular connection is present in one’s being, she/he will also simultaneously get to enjoy all of the beauty of the physical manifestation of that same divine expression in different forms in the external world during their life’s journey.

One’s aim, however, should always be to “achieve supreme vairagya [non-attachment] first [in life, which means becoming steady in one’s pure mind and free from attachment to all Earthly desires], and then [she/he can] enjoy” (The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali) all of the  beauty that he/she is a part of in the world. This, according to Sutra 16 of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, is “our birthright,” and everyone deserves to create this happiness in their lifetime.

So, what, if you are not already doing so by now in week 12 of our practice, is one thing that you can let go of today in order to connect with your highest expression/spirit?

Is it time to sit and meditate that you must devote, or a thought that keeps you attached to one thing or another that you must give up?

Remember to bring everything, especially your most prized attachments, to the alter of your divine expression. Burn all attachments for the sake of gaining something far greater than these and all other things and experiences (throughout all of time and existence) combined.

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