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The Yoga of the Kathopanishad : A dialog with death

In the second sutra of the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali says that Yoga is “Chitta Vritti Nirodah” – Yoga is cessation of the Vrittis ( fluctuations) of the mind. He then goes on to say that once the Vrittis cease, “Tadha Dhrashtuh Swaroopae Avasthanam” – the Seer then resides in her/his own true nature. Once this happens,  and when one realizes that she/he is not the body (nor even the mind), identification with the body and mind ceases, resulting in freedom as expounded in the 4th chapter of the Yoga Sutras – Kaivalya Pada.  This has profound significance in everyday life because when one sees the bigger picture that one’s true self is not the body or the mind, then

  1. One will not worry about the imperfections in the body (or even the intellect) in this lifetime
  2. One will take a big picture view of things and do actions for a higher and long term end goal than instantaneous gratification

No other work from the ancient texts expounds this more succinctly than the Kathopanishad which is a dialog between death and a young boy named Nachiketas on what happens after death. 

Similar to the “Yoga philosophies from Ancient India”, I will make some slides and interested people can join this presentation. I am targeting in 2 weeks. Will send you the exact time, date and video link. We will also cover some of the Siddhis.

If you have questions feel free to contact me at : ganeshkb1@yahoo.com

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