Sutra 2.52: tatah kshiyate prakasha avaranam
The regular practice of pranayama reduces the obstacles that inhibit clear perception. Translation and interpretation by TKV Desikachar
Thence the covering of the [inner] light disappears. Translation by Georg Feuerstein
What inner light?
Oh, didn’t you know you have a light glowing inside of you?
You may have glimpsed it peeping through your ribs on days when the sun is shining just so, and as you stop to enjoy it, a gentle breeze kisses your skin, and the call of a songbird fills your ears.
You may have noticed it radiating through your skin in that brief moment after your desires are met with the reward of what you wanted.
You may have felt it seeping into your toes when, prompted by the unmistakable urging from your gut, you stood your ground for something you believe in fundamentally.
You may have heard it pulsing throughout your body at the warm touch of someone who loves you unconditionally.
You may have seen it on the screen of your mind when you closed your eyes to the prompts of the external world and opened them to your own experience.
It’s there. We can’t dissect it out of the body, so we don’t have a clear picture of what and how exactly, but something is there in each of us.
That’s why we say namaste, which means: the light in me recognizes and respects the light in you.
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.