I have to submit my final yoga foundation course assignment and write about something that I wish to read more on. I’m interested in 'change' as we have so much coming up. I’ve taken a section from a philosophical yoga text which all yoga teachers will be aware of, ‘The Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali’ with many of the thought threads or 'sutras' being written over 4,000 years ago. The sutras cover the yogic teachings on ethics, meditation, and physical postures, and provide directions for dealing with situations in daily life.
This sutra has given me real food for thought, I imagine it would be a real challenge to do it but I quite like being aware of it -
To one of discrimination everything is painful indeed, due to its consequences, the anxiety and fear over losing what is gained, the resulting impressions left in the mind to create renewed cravings and the constant conflict among the three 'gunas', which control the mind.
All experiences are painful for the person of the spiritual discrimination. In this world all experiences that come from the outside through the world, through nature or material things are ultimately painful. None can give everlasting happiness. They may give temporary pleasure but they always end in pain. Even the enjoyment of our present pleasures is usually painful because we fear its loss.
All our so called pleasure bring in fear of losing them. Let things come to you enjoy their presence, but when they go enjoy their departure.
Past pleasures are painful because renewed cravings rise from the impressions they leave in the mind.
In reality nothing is bad in the world. But the three gunas are forever tossing the mind. What you enjoy one minute, you hate the next. When you are in a good mood, you may be playful, when bad you want no one to disturb.
Real pleasure comes from detaching ourselves completely from the entire world, in standing aloof, making use of the world as a master of it. Only in that can we have pride.
If you don't understand the world and attempt to run away, you can never succeed.
The world is a training place where we learn to use the world without getting attached.
Pleasure and pain are but the outcome of your approach. The same world can be heaven or hell.
The way to begin though is with the feeling 'It is all painful, let me detach myself. Let me not become involved with it. let me not approach the world with selfish motives'
Once this is accomplished you will see with a different vision. You begin to see the world for a different purpose and you experience happiness.
I often dip into Panatanjali's text I find him very wise.