It was the very same period the year before that I was in Varanasi and in this blog of mine I was blissfully and deliberately reflecting upon Vairagya as one of the fundamental methods of yoga. Yet the recent situation in my country [Ukraine, Dec.2013-March, 2014 – transl.note] not only encourages me to get back to this subject – this… Continue reading Some More Words About Vairagya
For those readers who in this multitude of articles might havelost the general thread and the logic of YS doctrine exposition Ishall put in remembrance the basic points. • In the second line Patanjali gives the definition of yoga as chitta-vritti-nirodhah • Then he draws definitions of each vritti. • In the line 1.12 he… Continue reading Sutras 1.2 and 1.17. Nirodha and Samprajna
I hope the reader remembers that the lines 1.12-1.16 were dedicated to abhyasa and vairagya. In particular, the line 1.15 gave an extensive definition of vairagya: 1.15 the disengagement from emotions [related to] the seen and heard objects is the sign of mastery in vairagya, while the 1.16 defined the ultimate experience of… Continue reading Sutras 1.12 – 1.18. Vairagya and Samprajna. The Logic of the Few Latest Slokas Arrangement
Let us step back from our reflections on gunas and return to abhyasa and vairagya. Having taken another thought about these methods I have noticed an apparent analogy with the way the right and left petals of ajna chakra are unctioning. And after this I recalled my concept of right- and left-petal meditations that I… Continue reading Sutras 1.12 – 1.15. The Methods Abhyasa and Vairagya and Ajna Chakra Petals
Abhyasa and Vairagya. Is There a Third Way? Some Words about Samskaras and Tantra So here I am again on board the plane, on my way home, reflecting upon Yoga Sutra… The method of keeping control over one’s states (abhyasa) and the method of disengaging with them (vairagya) are the two interrelated and complementary branches… Continue reading Abhyasa and Vairagya. Is There a Third Way?
R. Kipling. Letter to the Son If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too: If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or, being lied about,… Continue reading Abhyasa and Vairagya in Verses
I am writing this article on board the plane on my way to India where I shall visit Kumbh Mela. I am here without my favourite and probably unique library, yet it’s been already for three weeks that I’ve been nourishing the article about abhyasa and vairagya in my mind. So I shall rely on… Continue reading Abhyasa and Vairagya. Two Fundamental Approaches in Yoga