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Patanjali's Yoga Sutras

The Yoga Sutras are a guide/instruction of how to act and how to live in order to be able to reach Samadhi, the ultimate oneness. Patanjali lays out the sutras in a way that the lay person can understand but within his short translation we can begin to interpret them in different ways. How do we reach Samadhi? Through the eight limbs of yoga: yamas: abstinences, niyamas: observances, asana: postures, pranayama: breath work, pratyahara: withdrawal of the senses, dharana: concentration, dhyana: meditation we are lead to samadhi: oneness. One of the questions for me is, "How can I be non-attached (aparigraha) to things without creating harm (himsa)?" If we are totally detached to the world we may start to cause inadvertent harm to kids, family or friends that are the recipient of our lack of attachment, our disassociation with living and being a human-being on this planet. Maybe we can start small with the little things that we are attached to, for instance, things. All the things we own and have in our house, which can not transcend this life, contrary to ancient Egyptian beliefs, we are unable to use the tangible objects that we own in this world in life after death. Let's find a little less attachment in the things we have around us. Sometimes I have a hard time letting go of old clothes or things I don't even use anymore and I ask myself, "why?". Why is it that I care so much about some THING. Letting that attachment to things go is freeing, and this freeing feeling can be felt both mentally, emotionally and on a spiritual level.


“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.” – Lao Tzu

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