drsta = seen anushravita = heard visaya = objects vitrshnasya = who has control over desires vasikara = mastery samjna = consciousness vairagyam = aligning with what is
I feel that this isn’t just about asceticism and renouncing things we want, and could also be something we naturally grow into or already are without realising it. Similar to the unconditional love that a parent has for a child that is just giving, doesn’t need anything in return and just flows out without any effort.
abhyasa vairagya abhyam tan nirodah अभ्यासवैराग्याअभ्यां तन्निरोधः
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 1.12
abhyasa = practice, repetition vairagya = aligning with what is abhyam = together tan = they nirodah = supress, restrain
This could be interpreted in so many ways.
I quite like the idea that it means take repeated action towards what you think you want, but without attachment to the result of the action. While trusting that even if it doesn’t work out the way you hoped, it somehow brought you closer to what you ultimately want.
abhava pratyaya alambana tamo vrttir nidra अभावप्रत्ययाअलम्बना तमोवृत्तिर्निद्र
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 1.10
nidra = sleep
abhava = non-existent pratyaya = impression alambana = based (on) tamo (tamas) = void, inertia, darkness vrttir = thought
I love sleeping people – they look so calm and at peace. The translations I read described this as being about deep, dreamless sleep. It’s interesting that it gets included as a “thought”. I find sleep fascinating – it’s almost as mysterious as infinity and thinking about the edge of the cosmos.
sabda jnana anupati vastu sunyo vikalpah शब्दज्ञानानुपाती वस्तुशून्यो विकल्पः
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 1.9
vikalpah = imagination
sabda = word, sound jnana = knowledge anupati = arises sunyo = without any vastu = reality
Vikapla seems to be interpreted quite a lot as delusion, manifesting in ways such as the results of misinformation, propaganda and unconscious bias.
But I thought I’d celebrate the wonderfulness of imagination so I drew a sandbox to represent it, thinking how lucky we are to be able to imagine things and the unlimited freedom we have in what we can create there.
I made these jars to help make taking medicines easier and more enjoyable 🙂
They are great as have quite a lot of space and it’s easy to see what’s inside. If you live with other people you can have your own jars so the medicines don’t get mixed up and you can put them somewhere where they are easy to see so you don’t forget to take the medicine and they are decorative so nice to look at!
How to make some medicine jars
You will need:
Clean jars (if it’s hard to get the labels off, you can try soaking them in water and/or boiling them). if you have a few, choose which ones best fit the shape of the medicine packets and feel nice to open and close.
pens that can write on glass
Then just draw nice patterns or a picture on the jar and fill with your medicine!
viparyayo mithya jnanam a tad rupa pratistham विपर्ययो मिथ्याज्ञानमतद्रूप प्रतिष्ठम्
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 1.8
viparyayo = misconception mithya = (is) mistaken jnanam = knowledge a tad rupa = not that form pratistham = (of the true) form
I often mistake things for other things and it’s so weird when you actually see what you think is there until you realise what it really is. In this one he is freaked out when he thinks the rope is a snake, but then he finds out that it‘s just a rope and can bring him joy in the form of a swing 💖