sutra 2.39: let go of experience

Sutra 2.39: aparigrahasthairye janma kathanta sambodhah When the inner light of intelligence illumines the state of mind that has firmly rejected all greed and there is contentment with what life brings unsolicited, there arises knowledge of the mysteries of life and its why and how. Translation and interpretation by Swami Venkatesananda What is aparigraha? Not…

sutra 2.38: a lesson from my cat

Sutra 2.38: brahmacharya pratisthayam virya labhah Devoted to living a balanced and moderate life (Brahmacharya), the scope of one’s life force becomes boundless. Translation and interpretation by Nischala Joy Devi My cats are an inspiration in ease. They eat what they need, they sleep in every imaginable spot in my apartment –no nook or patch…

sutra 2.37: find your bliss

Sutra 2.37: asteya pratisthayam sarva ratna upasthanam When the intelligence firmly rejects desire to hoard, and when thus there is natural firmness in non-hoarding, even precious gems stand in front of the yogi, unable to deflect him. Translation and interpretation by Swami Venkatesananda Think of yourself in savasana – the deep relaxation pose that ends…

sutra 2.36: trusting truth

Sutra 2.36: satya pratisthayam kriya phala ashrayatvam When there is firm grounding in the perception of what is, or of truth, it is seen that an action and reaction, seed and its fruits, or cause and result, are related to each other; and the clear vision of intelligence becomes directly aware of its relationship; (or,…

sutra 2.35: compassion has no room for fear

Sutra 2.35: ahimsa pratishthayam tat vaira-tyagah When there is natural firmness in non-violence, all hostility comes to an end in its presence. Conflict ceases in such a mind. Translation and interpretation by Swami Venkatesananda Since I was little, I have had a dislike (fear) of bugs + spiders –especially spiders. When I notice one in…

sutra 2.33: yes you can

Sutra 2.33: vitarka badhane pratipaksha bhavanam When distracted by wayward or perverted rationalisation, suitable counter-measures should be adopted to keep away or remove such obstacles, especially by the contemplation of the other point of view. Translation and interpretation by Swami Venkatesananda When presented with disquieting thoughts or feelings, cultivate an opposite, elevated attitude. This is…

sutra 2.32: more than should

Sutra 2.32: shaucha santosha tapah svadhyaya ishvarapranidhana niyamah In the light of intelligence illumining the life-style, arise the following observances: purity of body, mind and environment, contentment, psychic fire that simplifies life and purifies the heart, self-study or constant vigilance, and surrender to or worship of the indwelling omnipresence. Translation and interpretation by Swami Venkatesananda…

sutra 2.31: it’s in our nature

Sutra 2.31: jati desha kala samaya anavachchhinnah sarva-bhaumah maha-vratam These articles of supreme (because effortless) self-restraint or order are universally invariable in everyone seeking enlightenment. They are compromised only when there is disharmony and contradiction between, for example, one’s head – which seeks the order – and one’s heart – which seeks the concomitant of…

sutra 2.30: outward connections

Sutra 2.30: ahimsa satya asteya brahmacharya aparigraha yama When the light of intelligence or the awareness of the truth illumines the mind-stuff, psychological order comes to prevail which is manifest as the following articles of natural self-restraint or discipline: non-violence, perception of what is or truth, non- hoarding, an effortless movement of the total being…

sutra 2.28: window washing

Sutra 2.28: yoga anga anusthanad ashuddhi kshaye jnana diptih a viveka khyateh Through practice of the various disciplines that make a person restored to wholeness, all that is impure is destroyed, and the ability to tell what is really real flowers into the light of pure knowing. Translation by Kofi Busia This awareness shines resplendent…