A Sutra a Day: III-46 – Yoga Grace and Beauty

Nov 27, 2012 | Healing, Health, Philosophy, Wisdom, XSutras, xTmp, Yoga practices, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali | 0 comments

Do you know people who radiate inner beauty? I do.
These are the individuals who may not have all their features arranged perfectly or be a perfect size 10. But you just want to be close to them and hang out with them; you hope a little of their light rubs off on you.
The good news is that, if you can see positive qualities in another person, you have the template within you for creating what you admire in them. Or else how could you see it?
I have an especially close friend whose kindness attracts me, as it does many other people. I know that I have that in me, but often pettiness or self-centredness surfaces before I think of being kind.
This is part of yoga practice, though, to keep coming back to the attempt to bring forth the best in ourselves. We set our sights on the abstract qualities of sensitivity, honesty, generosity, love, trust, as stars to steer by. And we get closer to them through understanding the pain of living without them.

Rupa-lavanya-bala-vajra-samhananatvani kaya-sampat

Beauty, gracefulness and adamant robustness [constitute] the perfection of the body.*
*The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali, translation and commentary by Georg Feuerstein.

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