Week 26: The Way You Look At Others Should Not Disturb Your Inner Peace (Sutra 33)

“By cultivating attitudes of friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous and disregard toward the wicked, the mind-stuff retains its undisturbed calmness.”

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Maitri Karuna Muditopeksanam Sukha Duhkha Punyapunya Visayanam Bhavanatas Citta Prasadanam

Maitri: friendliness | Karuna: compassion | Mudita: delight | Upeksa: discard | Anam: of these four | Sukha: Happy | Duhkha: unhappy/suffering | Punya: virtuous | Apunya: wicked | Visaya: in the domain | Anam: of the four, with respect to the previous four | Bhavanatah (bhavanatas): cultivating the attitudes | Citta: mind-stuff | Prasadanam: undisturbed calmness

Be kind to those who are fortunate and experiencing luck and happiness at any point in their life. Have compassion for those who are suffering and/or in pain. Find joy in the presence and existence of those who are morally fit, upstanding/admirable in their nature, and who follow the path or righteousness. And, last, but definitely not least, pay little to no attention to bad-minded, evil, and wicked people. This is the key to maintaining an undisturbed and calm mind in life that will keep you on track, and undisturbed, as you move toward your goal of Self-Realization.

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Week 25: The Trauma And Suffering Caused By Separation From The Source And The True Self (Sutras 31-32)

“Accompaniments to the mental distractions include distress, despair, trembling of the body and disturbed breathing. [Sutra 31]

The practice of concentration on a single subject [or the use of one technique] is the best way to prevent obstacles and their accompaniments. [Sutra 32]”

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Duhkha Daurmanasyangamejayatva Svasa Prasvasa Viksepa Sahabhuvah [Sutra 31]

Duhkha: distress | Daurmanasya: despair | Angam: the body | Ejayatva: trembling of | Svasa: disturbed inhalation | Prasvasa: disturbed exhalation | Viksepa: distraction, confusion | Saha: accompany | Bhuvah: arising, existing

Tat Pratisedharthamekatattvabhyasah [Sutra 32]

Tat: their | Pratisedha: prevention | Artham: for the sake of | Eka: one, single | Tattva: subject, true principle, reality | Abhyasah: practice

Although my perspective on Sutras 31 and 32 differs from Sri Swami Sachidananda’s in some ways (as it often does since we are both unique individual expressions of the Source with different perspectives and experiences even as we are focused on the same goal/path–and I can inevitably understand completely that his views are valid), I feel that there is one point upon which we most certainly align and resonate, and this is in his view that “[t]here’s no value in digging shallow wells in a hundred places. [You must] decide on one place and dig deep.”

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Week 24: The 9 Main Obstacles To Samadhi On Your Eightfold Path [And How To Avoid/Overcome Them] (Sutra 30)

“Disease, dullness, doubt, carelessness, laziness, sensuality, false perception, failure to reach firm ground and slipping from firm ground gained–these distractions of the mind-stuff are the obstacles.”

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Sutra (Thread) or Lesson 30: Vyadhi Styana Samsaya Pramadalasyavirati Bhrantidarsanalabdhabhumikatvanasthitatvani Chittaviksepaste’ntarayah

Vyadhi: disease | Styana: dullness | Samsaya: doubt | Pramada: carelessness | Alasya: laziness | Avirati: sensuality, intemperance | Bhranti: false | Darsana: perception | Alabdhabhumikatva: failure to reach firm ground | Anavasthitatva: slipping down from ground gained | Ani (an ending to the nine words that groups them together) | Citta: mind-stuff | Viksepah (Viksepas): distraction | Te: these | Antarayah (‘Ntarayah): obstacles

According to Patanjali, there are 9 main hurdles that Yogis encounter and may, therefore, have to overcome on their journey towards Samadhi and Asamprajnata Samadhi.

These 9 hindrances include 1) disease-illness (of the mind, body, and spirit), 2) dullness-boredom or lack of enthusiasm, 3) doubt-lack of confidence, 4) carelessness-indifference, 5) laziness-neglect of practice, sensuality-overindulgence of the senses, 6) false perception-incorrect thinking/views, 7) failure to reach firm ground- failure to gain security in maintaining your practice/goals, 8) slipping from any firm ground gained-losing sight of your practice/goals, and 9) distractions-mental confusion that may turn you away from your practice, goals, and learning altogether.

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