Realization of Self

Sutra 1:29 tatah pratyak chetana adhigamah api antaraya abhavash cha

Through spiritual practices, the inward turned mind (chetana) is stilled, from this comes the realization (adhigamah) of Self (pratyak); thus, the implementation of this knowledge, removes(abhavash) all obstacles(antaraya).

Yoga is the science of evolving towards higher levels of reality through the creative use of mindfulness, concentration, and meditation.

In scientific terms, you can describe the above process as, "An observers ability to affect reality through the Wave Collapse Function by using the Mind to affect the rules which govern the probability among the many available possibilities existing in Holographic Nature, or Prakriti, through karma - management of thoughts, emotions, and intentions.

Transformation

The substance of this universe is consciousness, and the gradual evolvement of personal consciousness is Yoga. Emotions generate energy that vibrates at a particular frequency depending on the source of the emotion. If the emotions come from the Sympathetic Nervous System than the energy is infused with attachments and aversions. What ensues from such energy is stress and suffering. If the source of the intention is rooted in the Parasympathetic Nervous System, than the energy that the emotion generates vibrates at a higher frequency of love and compassion.

All lower vibration emotions arise out of fear, and fear is the result of hostility. Have no hostility in your heart against anyone, and you shall have no fear.

At lower vibrations, the soul is mainly bothered with creating that which has to do with basic survival. Getting a job, finding a partner, building a business, owning a house, gaining fame, and accumulating wealth. But as ones consciousness evolves, creativity orients itself towards the spiritual realm; higher knowledge. It is as if deep down, the heart knows where to turn after the worldly road has been traversed and yet the thirst remains.

Evolution

As the frequency of a persons energy increases, what that person creates becomes more complex and divine in nature. Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Christ, Buddha, and numerous contemprary creatives, humanitarians, and social innovators throughout the world in the present time are developing solutions, and revolutionary frameworks that help us create a better world which values a mindful and compassionate approach to personal development, service delivery, and social justice for all people.

Spiritual practice aligns one with their Dharma - purpose in life - which than connects them to their inner genius which begins to create detailed plans in accordance with the universal spiritual principles in order to help them fulfil their sacred duty.

Dharma

Dharma is the essential nature of a being comprising the sum of its particular qualities or characteristics, and determining, by virtue of the tendencies or dispositions it implies, the manner in which the being will conduct itself, either in a general way or in relation to each particular circumstance.1

The word Dharma in this context then, refers to the perculiar and idiosyncratic qualities of each being - those very essential and particular qualities that make it somehow itself. Each persons brain is totally unique, making it like a fingerprint. As a matter of fact, no individual is the same right down to the information stored in the human atoms. This makes every human molecule, cell, neurons, bodyparts, bodies, and spirit utterly unique.

We might say that every persons dharma is like an internal fingerprint. It is the subtle interior blueprint of the soul. How we manifest this unique dharma embeded in our DNA is what Yoga entails. But keep in mind that in most cases, the discernment of dharma is a difficult, even agonizing process.2

You may come to know what your Dharma is, but may not be ready to abide by its tenets due to one or more of the undesired consequences our new-found spiritual purpose may have on our materialistically inclined lifestyle. This is why many of us go one step forward, and two back on the spiritual path. Eventually, the energy and weight of our Dharma gains full momentum towards the point of no return. This is when your family and friends sigh with a shrug before uttering, "The poor thing has lost his mind."

  • 1.29 tatah pratyak chetana adhigamah api antaraya abhavash cha
  • tatah - thence

  • pratyak - individual

  • chetana - mind

  • adhigamah - knowing, understanding, realization, attainment

  • api - also

  • antaraya - of obstacles or impediments

  • abhavash - absence, disappearance, removal

  • cha - and, also

  • References
  • Introduction to the Study of the Hindu doctrines

    1.
    by René Guénon
  • The Great Work of Your Life

    2.
    by Stephen Cope