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
- One will not worry about the imperfections in the body (or even the intellect) in this lifetime
- 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.
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