In the process of writing this article about the yoga sutras, I realized I might have bit off more than I can chew… I don’t know what tell you other than if you want to join me, chew on this!
Do you know what the word yoga means, where it comes from?
Neither did I and finding it out has temporarily stopped my mind and suddenly I find I really like this yoga thing.
If I had really taken the time to understand just this one essential teaching of Yoga. I feel like it might have saved me a lot of study.
“Yogas chitta vritti nirodhah”
yoga sutra 1.2
Yeah that is about what it meant to me on first reading, nothing.
To really understand the definition of yoga (let alone do it) it might help to first understand what these four Sanskrit words mean.
For the word yoga we are lucky this word actually has a literal translation to yoke:
Chitta is the consciousness and contents of the mind.
Vritti is the fluctuations and activity of the mind.
Nirodhah comes close to being described by all these words yoked.
- setting aside of
Join all those qualities without thinking or being attached… Or answer this question. What?
Yogas chitta vritti nirodha
Understanding, quieting, setting aside and mastering all the activity, consciousness and content of the mind. Is to integrate for a common purpose all of the duality as one.
In my attempt to write this I realized why in all my studies, no one ever took the time to teach this concept to me. It left me asking myself questions like. Is it possible for an individual to fully comprehend the magnitude of what yoga is? and, Is this even readable?