November 28, 2020

Sutra 1.51: Time to Relax

  

Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now
    1.51 Tasyapi nirodhe sarva nirodhan nirbijah samadhih
      • tasya = from this / even which
      • api = even / also
      • nirodhe = regulate / control
      • sarva = everything / all
      • nirodhan = restraint of / controls
      • nirbijah = the highest level / the most subtle form of samadhi
      • samadhih = goal of yoga / being in the now / enlightenment
       
    We've come to the end. The very last sutra in the first pada (book/section/chapter). In these last few sutras, Patanjali works to convey the idea of what is available for any and all if we do the work to strip away the layers to reveal our own central goodness and reach the state of samadhi or being in the now. This sutra is a way to circle back to the beginning. Sutra 1.1 said "yoga begins now," sutra 1.2 said "yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind" and after going through a whole journey of exploration and insight, this last sutra says "the highest state of being in the now results from the deepest surrender"

    According to last week's sutra, if we do the work, we will get to a state where we will be able to see past our limiting stories and recognize our truly brilliant selves. Past this point, the only thing left to do as Osho paraphrases is to "relax; the search is over. In that relaxation comes the moment of inner tuning with the cosmos" This last stage is so subtle and is nothing we can force or "do' ourselves into. It's like the difference between seeing an amazing sunset and noticing not only the vibrant colours but also the different textures. It's moving past the connection with ourselves, to a connection with the universe and realizing we actually ARE the universe.

    So, your challenge this week is to relax and realize that at a certain point the only way to move further is to do nothing, absorb what you've learned from your experiences and trust that the further magic will happen from there. 

    Sutra 1.51 When even the need to control everything is restrained, 
    from this, there is the highest level of being in the now.

    November 21, 2020

    Sutra 1.50: Be You

      

    Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now
      1.50 Tajjah samskarah anya samskara pratibandhi
        • tajjah = arising from that / evolving from that
        • samskarah = false impressions / impressions of the past / mental impressions
        • anya = other / different
        • samskara = false impressions / impressions of the past / mental impressions
        • pratibandhi = obstruct / prevent / impede
         
      Last week's sutras told us that deep down we know. From direct experiences, we hold in our heart a truth, or deep knowing, of what is correct and right for us at any given moment. Sutra 1.50 further expands on this by telling us that when we've tapped into our centre, and in this state that we've reached through our practices, we know who we truly and uniquely are. This sutra most specifically discloses that who we are isn't who our parents, or our peers, or society tells us we are. In fact, in this state, we move past the stories we've been telling ourselves of who we are and genuinely see the truth.

      Let me give you an example. I've developed a story throughout my life that it is difficult for me to connect because I am too introverted, quiet and shy. This is a loop that has played numerous times in my mind and has created a deep groove that is sometimes difficult to crawl out of. It has become so ingrained that anytime I am in a new situation (whether intentionally or not), this loop always comes up to leave me feeling disconnected and lost. The other day while hiking solo in a mountain park behind our house, I realized how connected I have become to this mountain. I looked down at the lake below that I had spent almost every day on in summer and realized how connected I have become to this particular lake. I thought about how connected to nature and to this specific place I have become. I thought further about some of the other places around the world that I've had an instant or slowly developed connection to, and in that moment I realized that I AM, always have been and always will be connected! One thing that I have often longed for the most is one thing that I already am. For a moment, this story that I had created and have been embellishing my whole life was gone, and I was able to see the truth . . . in my introversion and quiet, I am always able to connect.

      This insight and awareness lasted for a brief moment, it is most likely something that I will have to remind myself of, and it would be foolish to believe that it simply came to me out of the blue. But that's yoga - committing to the practice and trusting that this stripping away will eventually lead to small glimmers of what is real. I challenge you this week to notice what stories you may be creating about who you think you are, and then find stillness to recognize if these stores are even true. This isn't easy work, it's not always gratifying work, but speaking from my heartfelt experience, these glimmers of insight are always totally worth it, and who knows . . . . . you may just find yourself surprised with what you uncover!     

      Sutra 1.50 (Wisdom) arising from that state obstructs other false impressions.  

      November 14, 2020

      Sutra 1.48-1.49: You Know

       


      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now
        1.48 Rtambhara tatra prajna
        1.49 Srutanumana prajnabhyam anya visaya visearthatvat

      November 07, 2020

      Sutra 1.47: Your Velcro Moment

       


      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now

        1.47 Nirvicara vaisaradye'dhyatma prasadah

      October 31, 2020

      October 24, 2020

      Sutra 1.45: The Meaning of Life



      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now

        1.45 Suksma visayatvam ca alinga paryavsanam

      October 17, 2020

      Sutra 1.44: Letting a Guide Lead


      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now

        1.44 Etayaiva savicara nirvicara ca suksma visaya vyakhyata

      October 10, 2020

      Sutra 1.42-1.43: Subtle Perception


      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now

        1.42 Tatra sabdartha jnana vikalpaih samkirna savitarka samapatti
        1.43 Smrti parisuddhau svarupa sunyevartha matra nirbhasa nirvitara samapatti

      October 03, 2020

      Sutra 1.41: Crystal Clear


      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now

        1.41 Ksina vritti abhijatasyeva maner grahitr grahana grahyesu tatstha tadanjanata samapattih

      September 26, 2020

      Sutra 1.40: It ALL Matters


      Samadhi Pada
      : Yoga of Being in the Now

        1.40 Paramanu paramamahattvanto'sya vasikarah

      September 12, 2020

      September 05, 2020

      Sutra 1.38: Sleep Class

       

      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now

        1.38 Svapna nidra jnana alambanam va

      August 29, 2020

      August 08, 2020

      Sutra 1.35: Oar of the Senses

       

      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now

        1.35 Visayavati va pravrttir utpanna manasah sthiti nibandhani

      August 01, 2020

      Sutra 1.34: Oar of the Breath


      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now

        1.34 Pracchardana vibharanabhyam va pranasya

      July 25, 2020

      Sutra 1.33: You Hold the Keys


      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now

        1.33 Maitri karuna mudita upekshanam sukha duhka punya apunya vishayanam bhavanatah chitta prasadanam

      July 19, 2020

      Sutra 1.32: One Thing


      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now

        1.32 Tat pratisedha artham eka tattva abhyasah

      July 11, 2020

      Sutra 1.31: Falling Down


      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now

        1.31 Duhkha daurmanasya angamejayatva svasaprasvasah viksepa sahabhuvah

      July 04, 2020

      Sutra 1.30: Focus on the Sky


      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now

        1.30 Vyadhi styana samsaya pramada alasya avirati bhranti-darsana alabdha-bhumikatva anavasthitatva chitta vikshepa te antarayah

      June 27, 2020

      Sutra 1.29: Clear the Clutter

      "Everything in life is vibration."
      - Albert Einstein

      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now

        1.29 Tatah pratyak cetanadhigamo pyantarayabhavas ca

      June 20, 2020

      Sutra 1.27-1.28: A U M


      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now

        1.27 Tasya vachakah pranavah
        1.28 Tajjapah tadarthabhavanam

      June 13, 2020

      Sutra 1.25-1.26: Ineffable




      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now

        1.25 Tatra niratisayam sarvajna bijam
        1.26 Purvesham api guruh kalena anavacchedat

      May 30, 2020

      Sutra 1.24: You Are Divine



      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now

        1.24 Klesha karma vipakasayaih aparamrshtah purusavisesa ishvarah

      May 23, 2020

      May 16, 2020

      Sutra 1.21-1.22: You Choose


      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now

        1.21 Tivra samveganam asannah
        1.22 Mrdu madhyadhimatratvat tato'pi viseah

      May 09, 2020

      Sutra 1.20: Find the Fit


      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now

        1.20 Sraddha virya smrti samadhi prajnapurvaka itaresam

      May 02, 2020

      Sutra 1.19: Metta Magic



      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now

        1.19 Bhavapratyayo videhas prakrtilayanam

      April 25, 2020

      Sutra 1.18: Mind the Gap


      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now

        1.18 Virama pratyayabhyasa purvah samskaraseso'nyah

      April 18, 2020

      Sutra 1.17: List It and Flow

      Times I've experienced flow.

      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now

        1.17 Vitarka vicharanandasmitarupanugamat samprajnatah

      April 12, 2020

      Sutra 1.16: Balance Baby


      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now

        1.16 Tat param purusa khyater gunavaitrsnyam

      April 04, 2020

      Sutra 1.15: Let It Be

      - Thich Nhat Hanh
      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now

        1.15 Drshtanushravika visaya vitrshnasya vashikara samjna vairagyam

      March 28, 2020

      Sutra 1.14: Here for a Good Time AND a Long Time

      "Long-term consistency trumps short-term intensity."
      - Bruce Lee

      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now

        1.14 Sa tu dirgha kala nairantarya satkarasevito drdhabhumih

      March 21, 2020

      March 14, 2020

      Sutra 1.12: Do Be Do Be Do

      "Doing is never enough if you neglect being."
      - Eckhart Tolle

      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now

        1.12 Abhyasa Vairagyabhyam tannirodhah

      March 07, 2020

      Sutra 1.9-1.11: Just Breathe


      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now

        1.9 sabdajnananupati vastu sunyo vikalpah
        1.10 Abhava pratyaylambana vrttir ndira
        1.11 Anubhuta visayasampramoshah smrtih

      February 29, 2020

      Sutra 1.7-1.8: Experience Seeker


      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now

        1.7 Pratyaksanumanagamah pramanani
        1.8 Viparyayo mithyajnanam atadrupa pratistham

      February 22, 2020

      Sutra 1.5-1.6: Keep 'Em Separated

      "Observe your thoughts, don't believe them."
      - Eckhart Tolle

      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now

        1.5 Vrttayah panchatayyah klista aklistah
        1.6 Pramana viparyaya vikalpa nidra smrtayah

      February 15, 2020

      February 09, 2020

      Sutra 1.3: I Am Light


      "We are stars wrapped in skin. 
      The light you are seeking has always been within." 
      - Rumi

      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now

        1.3 Tada drastuh svarupe vasthanam

      February 01, 2020

      January 25, 2020