tatah pratyak-cetana-adhigamah api-antaraya-abhavah-ca
Then (tatah) – after profound meditation through the repetition of your chosen sacred sound, we are able to handle life’s challenges (antaraya) with clarity and attain a profound inner peace (pratyak-cetana-adhigamah).
PRACTICAL LIVING This is the 7th and last sutra that Patanjali offers on using a Higher Power/God as a tool for meditation, for a profound connection with our inner wisdom. He says that as a result of a profound meditative connection with a Higher Power/God, two things happen:
1. As we repeat this sacred sound with attention and enthusiasm, the obstacles (described in the next sutra) to a state of inner peace are reduced or even eliminated (abhavah). We often see this happening like a dimmer light gradually becoming brighter. In other words, we may catch ourselves being less aggravated by things that used to bother us a lot. We may find ourselves making peace with parts of ourselves or others that used to agitate us. As a result, life gradually becomes brighter, more joyful and juicier!
2. Consequently, that inner source of profound peace, wisdom and love begins to reveal itself. According to Samkhya (see History), beyond the body, thoughts and emotions we all have a source of pure joy. The mind, often clouded for most of us, prevents us from experiencing this (in Yoga referred to as Purusha or Drastuh). As we connect to this source, our lives are filled with awareness, with compassion and a limitless experience of peace.
IN THE YOGA WORLD The intimate connection described above is the most profound transformation or revelation we can experience. This is the “goal” of Yoga. The rest of the Yoga Sutra-s of Patanjali help us understand why we cannot experience this connection and offers us tools to work on different levels of our life to begin moving that dimmer switch, becoming aware of the sources of suffering, allowing our inner lights to shine brighter. This experience is referred to as Self-realization – realizing the Self beyond the body, thoughts and emotions.
We will be reminded again and again that this process requires courage, trust (see Sutra I.20), enthusiasm (see Sutra I.18), commitment (see Sutra I.1) and beyond that, is largely beyond our control (see Sutra I.12).
INSPIRATIONAL PERSON A being of light, Santi is a beautiful person to be with! A friend and brother, we have shared numerous experiences together: some covered with life’s challenges and obstacles, some filled with love and peace. His path in life is inspiring. With physical strength of a bull, mental determination of a salmon swimming against the current, and the heart of a cuddly puppy, his life is filled with powerful examples of a journey from darkness to light. Bro, I love you and admire you so much! Thank you for all the laughter, tears and squishy hugs!
Do you have any experiences you would like to share? Please interact as much as you like – everyone will learn from your personal experiences!
Thanks and we will look at what challenges we encounter in life that prevent us from experiencing this profound connection!