योगाङ्गाऽनुष्ठानादशुद्धिक्षये ज्ञानदीप्तिराविवेकख्यातेः I
Through the dedicated practice (anuṣthānāt) of the limbs of yoga (yoga-aṅga), the impurities (aśuddhi) are eliminated (kṣaye), which leads to luminous wisdom (jñana-dīptiḥ), and eventually an experience of profound discernment and clarity (āviveka-khyāteḥ).
PRACTICAL LIVING In the last sūtra we discussed the different stages that one goes through in the evolution of clarity and wisdom (see sūtra II.27). Here Patañjali introduces the very practical approach to enhancing clarity, which he will go into more depth in the next many sūtras. But why do we want more clarity? At the beginning of chapter II Patañjali explains that the reasons we suffer (kleśas) are: misperception, attachment, avoidance, ego and fear. And who doesn’t want to suffer less and gain more peace? The limbs of yoga (yoga-aṅga), when practiced with dedication and whole heartedly (see sūtra I.14), have three major benefits:
- The gradual decrease and elimination of the sources of suffering listed above.
- As these impurities burn, our inner light begins to radiate more, manifesting in magnificent wisdom.
- A deep realization of our potential for complete discernment, a profound understanding of ourselves and the universe.
Do you remember a time when you felt you were radiating from the inside out? That’s your deepest potential and one that we want to tap into more often. The more we practice, the more often we can tap into that, whatever it is you call it.
In the following sūtras we will go in depth into what these limbs of yoga are. Until then, I hope the benefits listed above keep you practicing, whatever it is you do that leads you to more clarity.
IN THE YOGA WORLD Yoga is an ancient school of thought (darśana) based on another called Samkhya (see History). It is in this sūtra that it becomes clear that Yoga is a hands-on, very practical approach with a guidebook that can be adapted to every individual depending on their background, age, abilities and interests. The aim of all darśanas is the same: to enhance clarity in order to experience our inner wisdom. However, the methodologies differ. In the next many sūtras we will discuss the different limbs of yoga and how we can apply them to our lives.
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Thanks and next week we look at limbs of yoga that Patañjali refers to this in this sūtra!