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Yoga Sutras of Patanjali translated by Yogi Kalinath - Chapter 2, Verse 11


Pada 2, Sutra 11

Sanskrit Verse

Dhyaana-heyaas tad-vrttayah

Translation

The active fluctuations of these afflictions can be ended by Meditation.

Interpretation

In the true state of Meditation there is no I, there just is! Afflictions need an I to survive and intense emotional attachment to an I in order to thrive. Meditation (Dhyan) is the natural spontaneous state of mind that does not identify with either the Saddhak’s (Spiritual Practitioner) own personality, past or future projections or immediate environment. In the state of Meditation the afflictions are unable to express themselves and are therefore stopped. Meditation is the precursor to the state of Samadhi or Spiritual Enstasy.

Spiritual Practice

Daily Meditate to uncover the Self Within. The best time for Meditation is in the early morning after ablutions or late evening / night when the energies of the world are quieter and we are more likely to be less active and in a more relaxed state of mind.

Along with regular Meditation, exercise the Witness Consciousness in all of your mind and body activities. Do not judge nor justify yourself. Just understand your Self (Meditation) and your self (your limited personality with all of its appetites, aversions, fears …. through Witnessing). Do not be attached to any of it, just observe. Develop Compassion for yourself and for the human condition as you are not alone in this struggle that it is to be a human being. Make adjustments in your mindset and in your life where necessary in order to experience and facilitate the flow of your True Self Within.

Practice disciplining the body, mind and emotions. And surrender to the Divine Within and Beyond All Things in order to surpass even the subtlest of afflictions. See all circumstances and events as Prasad (Divine Offering) from the Divine and in turn give all your joys and afflictions to the Divine as Prasad.

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