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Exploring The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Sutra 1.3



Following up on yoga sutra 1.2 (essentially, yoga is the cessation of mind chatter), yoga sutra 1.3 states, Tada drashtuh svarupevasthanam: then the seer abides in itself, resting in its true nature, also known as self-realization. This sutra explains the ultimate result of yoga—the discovery of one’s true nature.

Once we are able to calm the fluctuations of the mind, our perception of reality becomes clear. No longer clouded with thoughts of the past or the future, reality sharpens and we finally understand our true nature. We recognize our connection to all that is. We recognize that our current state is just as it should be.

What a relief to know that this practice—this work we do on and off the mat to find that place where our minds become quiet and we become more aware—will bring us back to a place where we can finally, and again, realize our being-ness. This shift from doing to being happens gradually (and can also happen at a moment’s notice)—and it has nothing to do with idleness. It is a perceptual shift that changes our very interaction with life and with the people and situations we encounter.

These early sutras help us to understand right away the profound nature of the yoga practice and how it can transform our lives for the better. What better way to begin the book than to inspire us to begin—right now—to practice. This realization is not to be viewed as a far-away, barely obtainable goal. It is within you at this very moment. You have only to uncover it.

You are enough, just as you are. What you do and who you are matters.