“Remember you were not made for the all the worries that burden you; they were made by you” – Swami Kriyananda
‘Yogas chitta, vritta, nirodha’, Sutra 1:2, (Yoga is the neutralisation of the vortices of feeling)
This brief concise statement is where i have set my compass. As my 44th Summer reigns, this sutra, a mere 4 words, astoundingly carries the entire practice of Yoga, according to the Great Yogic philosopher Patanjali.
Motivated by the realisation; That all of my perceived suffering up until this moment is a result of some kind of spiritual hijack. Living in a prison, bound by time, the control mechanism of a spiritually barren world. Our minds held captive with deceptive impressions, governed by desire, choking the real essence of life.
i can’t change the world- but – i can change my mind.
A mind no longer, fed by desire.
A mind that discriminates & leads to Yoga.
A mind that nourishes & strengthens the nervous system.
A mind that naturally grows in the direction that is life supporting.
A mind that is a powerful, positive force in the world.
A mind in union with the heart
The yoga I write of does not require a perfect pose. To impart the journey of ‘yoga’s chitta, vritta nirodha’ it may be useful, but in-fact, I am not required to do any Asana.
The yoga I write of has no place for, forcing, repression or suppression all for the sake of a higher awareness. Forcing any limb of Yoga, is never Yoga, it is a contradiction. Refinement of our needs, dissolution of desire, ‘yogas chitta vritta nirodha’, will unfold as a result of the fullness experienced from full participation directed to the source of life.
The prerequisite for ‘yogas chitta vritta nirodha’ – ( neautralising the vortices of feeling) is that each day I respond to life in ways that support & counter balance the play of energies that make up this most magical world of ours.
Actions that support a balanced head & heart, clarity, devotion, flow and let go – rather – than control, self-containment. To dig for the diamond is to meet the wheel of fortune. Despite what shows up at any moment, I must be stable & strong, always with an eye on the inner sky.