ततः क्षीयते प्रकाशावरणम् I
tataḥ kṣīyate prakāśa-āvaraṇam
Then (tataḥ), the veil (āvaraṇam) covering luminous clarity (prakāśa) disappears (kṣīyate).
PRACTICAL LIVING Last week we discussed the fourth state of breath awareness: we become the breath and a calmness pours over us. Here, Patañjali deepens that thought. He says that in that state, the “baggage” that usually covers our innermost potential dissipates and we are able to experience pure light. What is the baggage? As we explored back in sūtras II.3, II.4, II.5, II.6, II.7, II.8 and II.9, what creates our suffering are the kleśas: misunderstanding (avidya), ego (asmita), excessive desire (rāga), avoidance (dveṣa) and fear (abhiniveśāḥ).
Prāṇāyāma, or breathing practice is one of the most powerful and practical tools that Yoga offers us to gradually reduce the influence of the kleśas on our actions, thoughts and emotions. As this happens, the clouds begin to part and we experience the warmth, the brilliance of our inner sunshine.
IN THE YOGA WORLD Patañjali has already talked about the concept of our inner light – an infinite well of love, clarity and wisdom. Similar to many other spiritual texts, we are continuously reminded of the gift we have inside. Misperception leads us outside, always making us believe that happiness is in this or that. We need to be constantly reminded to step back from that illusion, and remember the light within. Consistent meditation on the breath can lead us to meet or re-meet our internal gift!
INSPIRATIONAL PERSON With caribbean-blue eyes, a shiny bald head and a loving smile is how I will remember Georgie. He was strict, yet soft like a teddy-bear. He was serious, yet goofy like other members of my clownish clan. His presence was strong, yet subtle. As a child, there was something about him that I really enjoyed, perhaps that contrast of firm yet soft. His brilliant light shone through his eyes. Now, his light remains lit through his family. His body left us, yet his soul left wonderful memories of a full life. Thank you Georgie for being the strong teddy-bear that you were. Loving you always 🙂
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Thanks and next week we will discuss the preparation of the mind for the next step!