Sutra 2.27: tasya saptadha pranta bhumih prajna
The awareness is keen, intense, and operative even in the field of the first seven of the eight states or limbs of yoga-practice, whose description follows. The practice should therefore not be a mechanical, unintelligent, dull routine. Translation and interpretation by Swami Venkatesananda
For him [who possesses the unceasing vision of discernment], there arises, in the last stage, wisdom [that is] sevenfold. Translation by Georg Feuerstein
If you don’t have an experience of being present inside yourself, it may sound daunting when your well-meaning yogi friend tells you to “just go inside and be still,” “just let it go.” I say that all the time to my husband and I think he wants to throw me across the room each time for handing out advice that appears so useless to him!
Yet, once we take on one or two or all of these steps of yoga (more on what they are in the coming weeks), most of us realize we have had that experience of being still and present somewhere before in our lives. When we recognize what we’re cultivating in yoga, the ability to go inside and draw out of our awareness the wisdom to be fully at peace, all the pieces start to make sense – and to look like different branches of the same limb of oneself.
Earlier in my practice, I made kind of a big deal about seeing this practices of yoga in little moments where I didn’t expect to find them. I’d think, wow, see, it really is everywhere in human experience. I’m less surprised by this now, though I take no less joy in noticing it. The wisdom of self and balance is in our nature.
Which is just to say, there’s no need to let the search for wisdom intimidate you – everything you need is already there inside of you!
Hari om tat sat!
Experience your true self and bring it into every moment of your living!
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 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.