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Yoga Sutras of Patanjali translated by Yogi Kalinath - Chapter 2, Verse 10


Pada 2, Sutra 10

Sanskrit Verse

te pratiprasava-heyaah sooksmaah

Translation

The afflictions in their subtle form are overcome by the process of involution.

Interpretation

The afflictions are deeply ingrained in us and on an individual level are imprinted in our subconscious mind as our Samskaras. Our emotional attachments to our limited sense of self and to every thing that is ephemeral is what irrigates those seeds planted in the Samskaric grooves that plays the same record in our head and in our lives over and over again.

We need to invert or involute our focus from the limitations and pettiness of our ego desires, cravings and frustrations to the True Self Within.

The best remedy which is what Prophets, Saints and Mystics of all faiths and spiritual orientations have taught us is to give up being the doer and let God and Nature be.

I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. John 5:30

The quote above from the Bible is the right Yogic attitude to have in order to overcome the five afflictions that have arisen due to mistaken identification with the body and mind.

Spiritual Practice

Ask yourself: What is the body? What is the mind? What is life?

Why make “I”, “my” and “mine” the focus of existence when they will come to pass.

What remains after ‘ashes to ashes’ and ‘dust to dust’? Seek That instead!!!

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