The mind will be undisturbed if you can cultivate the attitudes of friendliness towards the happy, compassion towards those in pain, delight for those with good fortune and impartiality towards negative people. When we first meet the Sutras, those that seem important are probably the ones that guide us to establish a practice beyond asana that includes meditation, pranayama and a yogic life style based on the Yamas and Nyamas. However, as we delve deeper into this sacred text, we can see how it offers guidance on many levels. We would probably all agree that one of the main challenges we face on a daily basis is dealing with other people! Sutra 1.
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At first glance, this might seem obvious, but there are some nuances worth considering. The reasons for this are both powerful and significant. Even if our advice is wise, the fact that we are ignoring the pain of the other person naturally reduces our credibility in their eyes. Moreover, as long as they are suffering, they are going to have a hard time taking in even the best of guidance.
As Yogis, our wisest leaders tell us that we must embrace unconditional love for each other if we are to find true transformation. And yet, many of us feel fear, sadness and anger more often than we feel peace and serenity. When I am confused and my mind only feels and sees chaos, I often look to Yoga Sutra 1. Usually I read this Sutra as a guideline for how I can shape my own attitude, and as a goal for which I can strive. After all, change begins from within. Today, though, I am reminded that we do not live our lives in a bubble, and I can help change myself through what I hear echoed back to me from family, friends and community. My insight today is that this Sutra can help me learn how I should behave towards others, and it can also help me determine which people in my circles are assistants or detractors to my own personal transformation.
Yoga Sutra I. Keep this sutra with you as you move through the holiday season. In this sutra, Patanjali says that there are only four kinds of locks in the world. The four locks are: sukha happy people , dukha unhappy people , punya the virtuous , and apunya the wicked.