तस्य प्रशान्तवाहिता संस्कारात् I
tasya praśānta-vāhitā saṁskārāt
As a result of the profound influence (saṁskārāt) of this (tasya) flows (vāhitā) an undisturbed peaceful state (praśānta).
PRACTICAL LIVING In the last sūtra (sūtra III.9) we discussed the process of moving from states of agitation to more frequent states of ease. Here Patañjali tells us that through practice, we are able to enjoy a flow of undisturbed peace. The more we practice, the more our mental imprints (saṁskāras) change. Practice can come in different shapes and forms. The important thing is that it is done regularly. That practice is what changes our mental biochemistry. Personally, my current practices include:
- Observing myself in relationship with the closest people to me: my husband and daughter
- Reflecting on my less desirable tendencies (I’ve written them down to be clearer about when they’re acting out)
- Morning breath-based practice followed by meditation
- Studying inspirational texts such as the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali, Bhagavad Gita, Rumi, Kahlil Gibran…
- Playing the harmonium and singing devotional songs by myself
What are your practices? Conscious practices are a crucial part of mind training.
IN THE YOGA WORLD The deeper we get into our chosen practice, the noticeable effects that come from the practice become subtler. The immediate results are more obvious. We feel more energized, less anxious, more patient, etc. But it comes a point, when our relationship with our practice is so intimate, that the results are hard to grasp and put into words. They are therefore difficult to share with others. But we have an internal experience, an inner joy, and that is enough. The experiences begin to feed us internally.
INSPIRATIONAL PERSON I have owned Rumi’s poetry for many years. But while at the library yesterday, one of his books “jumped” at me. As I read his poetry last night, I was filled with an eery sensation. I felt like he was with me and that presence made me understand his words on a deeper level. His deep understanding of the mystery of life is magically described in his poems. The metaphors are profound. The imagery is captivating. His messages…ahhhh…It amazes me he lived during the 13th century. His life lessons are so deeply relevant today. Just like the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali, the messages are timeless. Thank you Rumi for reminding me to”dress in the flower of God’s qualities.” I’ll honor him with one of his majestic poems:
Birds Nesting Near the Coast
Soul, if you want to learn secrets,
your heart must forget about shame
and dignity. You are God’s lover,
yet you worry what people are saying.
The rope belt the early Christians
wore to show who they were, throw
it away! Inside, you are sweet
beyond telling, and the cathedral
there, so deeply tall. Evening now,
more your desire than a woman’s hair.
And now knowledge: walk with those
innocent of that: faces inside fire,
birds nesting near the coast, earning
their beauty, servants to the ocean.
There is a sun within every person,
the you we call companion.
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 more subtle results next week!