Then the individual begins to truly know himself.
Yoga Sutra of Patanjali 1:47 — Desikachar translation
This is my second go at this column. In a fit of sheer dumbassedness, I overwrote this column with what now appears in YSP 1:48. That’s what I get for trying to short cut.
It was a brilliant column, I’m sure, if only I could remember all of its subtle nuance. But basically, here’s the point I want to make: we’re putting in the time and effort to clear our minds because it makes our life so much easier.
The analogy has been done to death but it keeps getting trotted out because it works. Think of a tidal pool in the rocks, warmed by the sun. Life is teeming in those little pools and as a kid, I loved squatting at the edge of them, watching all the little critters moving about. In a fit of anthromorphization, I would imagine them looking back up at me. We were learning about each other because the water was still and clear. On really windy days, or if some one was jumping in the tidal pool, all the sentiment would be stirred up and I wouldn’t be able to see the critters and they couldn’t see me.
It’s the same with my mind. When I still the ego narratives, the clutter of aversions and attachments, I can see the world around me and at the same time, I see myself. Not the self I project out into the world but the one so rarely seen (if ever) by others.
I wanted to get caught up and back to our schedule so I’m going to hit the publish button on this. It’s been a little awkward running a week behind you.
Namaste and thanks for reading,