YOGA

When unconscious became conscious this is Samadhi

“YOGA IS TO STILL THE PATTERNING OF CONSCIOUSNESS” April 15, 2008


I.2  Yogas- citta-vrtti-nirodhah

yogah = process of yoking; union

citta = consciousness

vrtti = patterning, turnings, movements

nirodhah = stilling, cessation, restriction

Yoga is to still the patterning of consciousness.

May be this is the most popular sentence from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. How many of us can really experience this state? Are we looking to achieve this state? Believe me, I had a chance to be there and it is beyond description.

I am not so satisfied from Sanskrit translation as well. Please find below some clarifications from Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi.

“’Chit’ is the attention, the ‘Consciousness’.  You are just now conscious and listening to me.  Every minute, you are conscious.  But every moment is becoming dead into the past.  Every moment is coming from the future to the present.  But you are conscious at this moment and are listening to me”.

“I do not know what is the word for ‘Vritti’ in English language.  It is not ‘aptitude’ but a person gets ‘prone’ to, or his Attention is dragged to – I do not know if there is a word in the English language for Vritti. Vritti means a temperament by which you are drawn to.  Whatever is your temperament, it acts like that.

For example, if you see a man walking, say, blindly, he cannot see things.

One person may get angry with that person.

Another may have pity for that person.

Third man may come forward to help him out.

Is the vritti, is the temperament you have developed through your three Gunas.

That is why this Attention becomes identified with you, and when you are identified with this, your vritti, your temperament then you are still in a misidentified area.”

“But for a Sahaja Yogi the most important thing is : ‘you must save your attention’. Is called as Chitta Nirodha. Nirodha : saving of your attention. ” Where is it going, It’s such a precious thing for me. Were is it running” ?

Then how do you save your attention ? Is through concentration. Concentrate. Try to concentrate. Don’t allow your attention to wobble. Gradually you will develop concentration”.

I hope with these clarifications it will be easy for you to comprehend the message of Maharishi Patanjali.

Related topics:

PATANGALI’S YOGA SUTRAS END GITA ABOUT KUNDALINI

The essence of YOGA

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2 Responses to ““YOGA IS TO STILL THE PATTERNING OF CONSCIOUSNESS””

  1. samasti Says:

    Hello Peter,
    Your post is always my inspiration. Yoga, brings the mind, body and spirit in allignment with each other in order that we can take the final jump, without a little hitch. In ordinary life, it is all about measured thoughts, acts and words. How wonderfully graceful is your Guru ma to inspire you so much. I am contemplating to start my series in Vipassana meditation in a while. I hope to see you around…wherever!
    Cheers!
    Samasti

  2. Peter Says:

    Samasti,
    Do not force yourself. Let it go, let it go.

    I.23 Isvara-pranidhanad va

    Isvara = divine ideal of pure awareness
    pranidhanat = surrender, dedication, application, alignment
    va = or

    Surrender everything to HIM.

    Thanks for your kind words.


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