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Sutra 1.3

August 8, 2014 , ,

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Sutra 1.3Tada drashtuh svarupe vasthanam

TranslationThen the Seer (Self) abides in Its own form

If you remember, Sutra 1.2 stated “The restraint of the modifications of the mind stuff is Yoga.” Sutra 1.3 builds on that saying it is only when we control the fluctuations of mind that we can truly see ourselves. The Seer – that’s us! That’s me, you, and you and you. So only when we quiet the mind from all the chatter are we able to see ourselves for who we truly are.

This sutra is simple enough to understand but difficult to put into reality because more often than not, what we are considering to be our true selves is often just a reflection of what we are observing at the moment. And every moment is different. Our feelings change from second to second sometimes. I know mine do! So how can we say with complete confidence that what we are feeling at any given second is who we truly and absolutely are?

We can’t.

“The true you is always the same, but you appear to be distorted or mixed up with the mind. By making the mind clean and pure…you appear to have gone back to your original state.”

The true you!

While I haven’t gotten close to working this out, I am in the baby steps. It’s particular helpful in relationships and work situations. To be able to say to yourself – Wait a minute and step back from a situation that’s frustration or weird is truly a great thing. Instead of jumping to conclusions that are directly related to me ME ME, I am now able to step see multiple sides of a problem and come to a more realistic end.

How do you clear your mind?

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