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.

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