पूर्वेषाम् अपि गुरुः कालेनानवच्छेदात्॥२६॥
sa esa purvesam-api guruh kalena-anavacchedat
This Isvara/Higher Power (sa esa) is the ultimate teacher (guruh), the first teacher of all past, present and future teachers (purvesam) and one who is not limited by time (kalena-anavacchedat).
PRACTICAL LIVING So up until now we know that Isvara/Higher Power is (1) completely unrelated to the material world (prakrti) since it is unrelated or uninfluenced by karma (see sutra I.24); (2) Omniscient (see sutra I.25); and (3) Eternal (sutra I.26).
According to Samkhya philosophy and Yoga (see History), even though we all have the capacity within us to know everything, somebody external is still necessary to help us understand our own knowledge – that is why a teacher, or guru, is necessary. This is perhaps the biggest paradox in Yoga. This teacher can help us go within and understand ourselves. Like my teacher, Robert Birnberg says “The teacher’s job is to point out the spinach on the student’s teeth”. To help us, our teacher must have some knowledge. This knowledge was transmitted by his/her teacher, going back to what is believed 5000 years, which means there has been a chain of teacher-student relationships. But who was the first teacher? Patanjali says Isvara, is the Guru of all gurus.
IN THE YOGA WORLD The lense (darshana) or philosophy of Yoga is based on ancient texts called the Vedas. The Vedas have no authors. These are texts that are filled with wisdom and are teachings believed to have been heard by sages in a state of deep meditation. Perhaps Patanjali is telling us that these teachings, who no one claims to own, came from this Guru of all gurus, from Ishvara. Not only is this sutra saying that Isvara is unlimited by time, but so are the teachings. Even the Yoga Sutra-s of Patanjali, who are half the age of the Vedas (2500 years old), is still very applicable to us. In other words, both Ishvara and His lessons are timeless.
INSPIRATIONAL PERSON Annette has a relationship with her own version of Ishvara that is beautiful. She reminds me on a weekly basis of connecting to my version of the Big Purusha. Her generosity, sense of humor and wit give me strength and fill me with love, especially in difficult moments. Her passion for life, for personal growth and her willingness to give her time to others inspires me! Thank you Annette for the continuous reminders to re-connect, and for making me feel safe and loved🙂
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Thanks and we will look at how to connect to Ishvara!