Me & the Sutra of Patanjali

Everyone is going from places to places in life, yet few truly know where they are really heading to. After all what is life all about? Fame? Wealth? Power? Is this all we are here on earth for with the limited amount of time given? This Great Question of life has always been burning within me since I very 1st has consciousness and I am a person who always question within me. A glimpse of light start of shine in 18 years ago when I 1st got in touch with the words of Mr Gautama (Buddha) and many other great thinker and spiritual master since then. One of them is Patanjali.

Patanjali is being said by some to lived during 5th century BCE and some during 2th century CE. Whichever it is, what matters to me the most to me is his work “The Yoga Sutra” itself. The Yoga Sutra is a Manual that has bring lights to yogis over millennium on the way to understanding who they really are. It is being written in a step by step sequence to lead practitioner to experience the truth for themselves.

The eight limbs of yoga is the system being taught in the Yoga Sutra: Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi. The Yama, Niyama, Asana and Pranayama is the pre-requisite techniques to help Yogis to settle their mind and body down in order to be able to meditate and turn their awareness inward more effectively. In the stage Pratyahara, yogic starts to turn their attention inward. Dharana help the scattering thought by the technique of focusing on a mental object while meditating which for me personally with be on the Breath. When Dharana becomes stable, Dhyana which is the meditation will beings to happen. The eighth stage is Samadha, some call this the state of estasy, some call it become one with divine, some transcends the self altogether and some call it seeing the true-self. Whichever way they may describe, it is only something one may understand upon experiencing.

Human being like to think their way through life yet the truth is actually beyond our “thought”, can be only reach upon tasting it for yourselves by walking the path. Just like no matter how hard you tried to explain the taste of durian to someone who had never taste it before, they will never know till they try it. Thank you for reading. Good day!!

-Danny Lee

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