Sutra 2.26: viveka khyatih aviplava hana upayah
The constant, unbroken awareness of this truth alone is the means to the ending of this ignorance and its retinue. Translation and interpretation by Swami Venkatesananda
The means of [attaining] cessation is the unceasing vision of discernment. Translation by Georg Feuerstein
This sutra makes me think back to sutra 2.1, tapah svadhyaya ishvara-pranidhana kriya-yogah, and the direction to carry out the practice of kriya yoga with dedication and without pause. This I can imagine and comprehend, because in the actions of yoga, one can always do something to be in the process of yoga.
The “unbroken awareness of this truth alone” in Sutra 2.26 is a little less “do-able” at will.
Luckily, all the other stuff that you can do will one day lead you to this “unceasing vision of discernment” the sutras mention (but do not go into any detail to define!) –without effort in that moment and without attachment. Why must it be without effort and attachment? Effort prevents the brain from letting go, which we need to do in order to experience viveka (discernment), and attachment -the brain’s natural m.o.- pulls you back in.
Back in where? Into doubt, perhaps? Into a space of questioning?
In the physical world where we operate, this doubt and questioning are good and essential. In the space of oneself –the experience of self that you can clear a path for through yoga practice (at its most fundamental –it will look very different from individual to individual!)– doubt gets in the way and it becomes impossible to experience whatever you uncover with full presence.
The state of yoga = being present with complete clarity of experience
Living your yoga = applying clear experience to thought, action, and exploration (and the list could go on) and enjoying the space for every and any possibility in our striking expanse.
Practice, experience, live. Repeat.
Hari om tat sat!
Experience your true self and bring it into every moment of your living!
The Yoga Sutras are a classical text on yoga–a guidebook of sorts.
Each week, 216 teacher Esther Palmer dives into one of the sutras and we let it take us where it takes us.