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, one’s words are fruitful). Translation and interpretation by Swami Venkatesananda
Truth carries it’s own reward.
It doesn’t always feel like it at first, does it? When the truth causes initial emotional distress, most people will almost unconsciously avoid it by creating another scenario to replace it – and then, perhaps, start to believe that that illusion is the truth.
We’ve already come across the burdens of living through illusion, sutra 2.36 suggests the benefits of living with truth.
Satya is truth on a deep, fundamental level. It’s bringing essential, undeniable truths into harmony with the truth in your brain or, put another way, being at one with reality –whatever that is, because I sure haven’t figured it out yet. But how do you practice satya if you’re not sure what’s real and what’s illusion? I believe the yogis would say when you experience yoga (in samadhi), you experience the fundamental reality all at once. Cool, right? So, what can you do in the meantime in your practice that moves you in that direction?
The intention of truth goes a long way.
I may not yet know the reality of the universe(s), but if I operate in my thoughts and actions with the objective of truth as I know it, including a present awareness of what I do not know, it is likely that what I communicate will carry that intention and foster trust.
In particular, trust within. If someone is used to “lying” to herself (whether intentional or not), it will be hard for her to trust her instincts, desires, and actions when push really comes to shove. She will probably live with doubt if there is any conflict between her internal song and dance and the one she hears outside of herself. If on the other hand, she does the hard work of investigating every thought, examining every action, and considering every pull for truth, whether she is objectively correct in her truth or not, she will likely move with greater certainty and ease through her life. Most importantly, she will be able to more easily embrace change to her image of truth (as what we know and believe seems to be always shifting).
I think that’s a pretty useful truth. Stay open to change and question everything.
Hari om, 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.