self-consciousness

sutra 4.22: let’s talk about Self-consciousness

Let’s start our yoga sutra musings today with the sutra itself: Sutra 4.22: Real pure consciousness is changeless and immutable, but due to its constantly changing appearance it identifies with its own workings. Translation by Kofi Busia And welcome a little help from a wise scholar who wrote the following commentary on sutra 4.22 (emphasis…

kaivalya

sutra 4.19: what is kaivalya?

In the weeks past, we’ve covered the “spark” of life. We’ve considered that there’s not one single perspective in the world. We’ve conceded that we are not the center of the universe. We may have discussed all these things, but do you know, really know, that they are so? Seeing may be believing, but knowing…

consciousness and spirit

sutra 4.18: consciousness and spirit

What is consciousness? The movements of your mind? of your brain? I happen to think so, but that’s just my opinion. Humanity has yet to agree on a definition of consciousness and there isn’t enough evidence to sway us towards unity. Individual schools of philosophy, however, do operate with definitions of consciousness. Yoga equates true…

perspective

sutra 4.17: seeing through YOU-colored glasses

Sutra 4.17: Things become known or unknown by the way in which they colour the mind. Translation by Kofi Busia Sutra 4.17: However, a particular object or substance is comprehended or ignored in accordance with whether the mind is or is not coloured by that object, and is therefore attracted or repelled by that substance.…