As I was gathering more of my notes for my 200 hour yoga teacher training manual today, I came across an article which explains and sums up a huge part of what yoga is all about.
One of the modules we will be covering during the training (which will be locked in for early next year, 2018) is on the Yoga Sutras, a very important part of the yogic path. Here’s a little preview for you.
The ‘Seeker’ and the ‘Seer’. I can already hear some of you saying ‘huh’?.
In Sanskrit, the seeker is known as prakrti (the world outside of us and the world inside of us) and seer is purusa (Atman, which is the spiritual essence within us).
It is suggested that as long as we are caught up in the world, even while seeking something higher, we are bound to suffer. To become free of suffering we must learn to free our consciousness from identification with the world around us, including the process of seeking.
In our daily lives we do not experience the seer within us as we are so caught up in our busy little lives that we don’t have the time to work on quietening the mind. We are constantly seeking something. When we are hungry, we seek food. When we are lonely, we seek solace. When we are bored, we seek distraction and so on. At other times, when we are satisfied, we become frustrated because our satisfaction does not last long enough. In this way, we are always bound to the material world. Always caught in the cycle of seeking and fulfilment, we seldom experience internal stillness, the key ingredient to long term contentment.
For those of us who are fortunate enough to have the time to devote to a daily, weekly yoga practice, we are taught to use the asanas and breath as a link to explore from the gross level to a more subtle level. We have the opportunity to examine our body, our emotions and our mind. We begin to move from the ‘known’ to the ‘unknown’ and in the process we begin to unmask our ignorance and begin to experience more contentment and less suffering.
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