A Sutra a Day: IV-29 – After Rain, Radiance

Feb 14, 2013 | Gardening, Philosophy, Wisdom, XSutras, Yoga practices, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali | 0 comments

Today is weather-perfection where we live on the magical mid-north coast… Mitchells Island, New South Wales.
I think you know what I mean by perfect conditions. (If you are snowed in in Vermont or Toronto, well, winter has it’s own beauty, doesn’t it?)
During the day today it’s been 24 degrees celsius, with a light breeze and mid-range humidity. Best of all, it rained last night, just enough so all the vegetation in our gardens spread its wings in the morning sunshine. When rain washes away dust and other impurities and the sun shines on that cleanliness, the droplets sparkle like diamonds.
Days like today are rare. Often we want warm, balmy weather when temperatures turn cold. Or, a cool change when summer temperatures hit the high 30’s. Do you remember that ditty?

As a rule, a man’s a fool, when it’s hot he wants it cool.¬†When it’s cool, he wants it hot, always wanting what it’s not.

Of course, the evolved yogi is detached from such vacilations. B.K.S. Iyengar says:

When the stream of virtue pours in torrents and the consciousness is washed clean of bias, prejudice and ambition, the light of the soul dawns. This is… the fruit of the practice of yoga.
Prasankhyane ‘pyakusidasya sarvatha vivekakhyaterdharmameghah samadhih

There arises a state of mind full of clarity concerning all things at all times. It is like a rainfall of pure clarity.*
*Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, translation and commentary by T.K.V. Desikachar.


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