The Great Acharyas


I don’t know how people exist without yoga. Really. I’m assuming you are sympathetic to my view if you have been diligent enough to hang in thus far for a daily dose of Patanjali’s Sutra.
Having just had a week away from bucolic peace on our country property and only one yoga practice session in that time, I admit I really, really missed my routine.
I know that subscribing to too strict a regime can make a person rigid, even overly attached, but I love my daily diet of practice, wholesome meals and fresh air. What’s not to like!
The logic of B.K.S. Iyengar’s comments on today’s Sutra is impeccable. He says:

Without doubt, Sutras II-17 to 25 are terse and many have groped for a precise and clear explanation of them. We must read and re-read them in order to grasp their meaning.

And then, he gives us the nugget from these pithy sutra that we can take away:

Yoga is specifically designed to help us avoid the sort of slips and errors in our conduct which store up future sorrows, and it builds up our strength, vigour and courage to deal with the inevitable problems of life.

Mr. Iyengar is speaking of building ourselves up to deal with ailments of modern society like financial concerns, relationship difficulties, health issues, ageing, political problems, all of it. Yoga is a means to gain optimum well-being on all levels, and Patanjali’s Sutra present us with a map for freeing ourselves from all the impediments to that goal.

Tad abhavat samyogabhavah hanam taddrseh kaivalyam

The destruction of ignorance through right knowledge breaks the link binding the seer to the seen.*
*Light on the Yoga Sutras, B.K.S. Iyengar.