sutra 4.1: different paths to yoga

We start in different places, we take different paths, we have different methods — can we all end up at yoga? Sutra 4.1: Powers or skills are gained by being born with them, by using drugs, by incantations, through various kinds of practices, or by becoming enlightened. Translation by Kofi Busia Sutra 4.1: The attainments…

sutra 3.56: absolute freedom

The yoga sutras define absolute freedom as unfettered and seedless union with the “divine” (universal consciousness, etc). A “union” that carries over into an awake state of awareness that is under one’s complete control such that there is no possibility of falling back to an image of oneself as separate from the cosmic divine. Oooo-kay.…

sutra 3.55: conscious down to the last cell

What do you think: are you conscious on a cellular level? I think you are. I also realize this assumes a certain definition of consciousness, something we’ve not yet been able to pin point collectively (i.e., there isn’t a single, universally agreed-upon definition of consciousness). In my current understanding, there’s the consciousness that imbues all…

sutra 3.53: when it’s wrong to be right

Sutra 3.53: Complete awareness and control for each and every passing moment brings that knowledge which results from the ability to tell what is really real. Translation by Kofi Busia What is “real”? Intuition? The Divine Spark? The Spirit? The Jiva Atman? The mysterious inner workings of our bodies and brains? I don’t know, I…

sutra 3.50: find your “pure being”

Most of us grow up with a learned sense of “right” and “wrong”. Human beings, perhaps in efforts to maintain harmony among beings, have created many rules for behavior that, once established, societies often follow without regularly considering how, why, or even that they’re powerful tools for peace –or that sometimes they end up being…

sutra 3.49: use your awareness for action

Imagine you’re allergic to strawberries. Imagine you grew up in a strawberry-free home and so are ignorant of this allergy. Now picture yourself at a fancy party and a tray of chocolate-covered strawberries floats around the room enticing guests. So, like everyone else is doing, you indulge in the innocuous-looking little treat. And it is…

sutras 3.37-38: backed by science

Sutras 3.37-3.38 (in Feuerstein’s translation they are 3.36-3.37) 3.36 Thence occur flashes-of-illumination in the sensory areas of hearing, sensing, sight, taste, and smell. 3.37 These are obstacles to enstasy (samadhi) but attainments in the waking-state. Translation by Georg Feuerstein I am something of a scientific study geek. I love reading reports of methods and findings,…