This week in class we are exploring Nine Obstacles and Accompanying Four Distractions as presented in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain.
We have all seen those signs on the highway, "Go Back.
Wrong Way!" Where roads are
concerned, we all understand this warning. We turn around. If only we could
understand life's signs so easily!
Sorrow is often a warning with the same message: "Go back. Change your direction. You are going the wrong way." Every creature is conditioned to avoid pain; this is a built-in safety mechanism to protect our bodies from harm. When you eat more than necessary, for example, you should feel reassured if your stomach hurts. Your body is telling you, "Please don't do this again; it's not good for me." Mental and emotional suffering often serve the same function.
Once we have connected our sorrow with particular patterns of behavior, we will remember to act wisely more often. Eventually, as we learn its lesson, personal sorrow will fade from our life.
Words to Live By: Inspiration for Every Day – Eknath Easwaran
The homework is to study Patanjali's Yoga Sutras 1:30 and 1:31 reviewing what are referred to as the "Nine Obstacles and Accompanying Four Distractions". To learn how to use your Yoga practices to cultivate the connection of our sorrow with particular patterns of behavior and learn to act wisely more often, review Patanjali's Yoga Sutras 1:32 - 1:39. This is where Patanjali presents the ways to prevent these thirteen impediments.
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