What are the yoga sutras? | How to apply the yoga sutras in your daily life?


The yoga sutras consists of 196 short little sentences composed by Patanjali and maybe some
others yogi masters before him, after him. certainly, he took many ideas
from Priya yoga masters and maybe there were several yoga masters after
him and they also may have added some changes, a little bit.
Some scholars today believe that up to the 4 century, the
text was revised a few times But what is does is that is systematically
presents the the view of yoga from
the Sankhya perspective, which was a very
alive tradition, at the time of Patanjali,
up to the 8 century of India. Up to the 8 century in India. So, what the yoga sutras are, is really the theoretical
aspect, the whole picture, in which, the practice
of asana was meaningful for those masters who develop
the practice of asana. It present us the whole picture the whole context in which the practice of asana
was meaningful for them. The potential of asana The potential of asana
practice is tremendous, But if we don’t understand
the whole context, we may end up driving our aeroplane
from one village to another village. just to use it as
a bus, like a bus. For me if we are
using asana just to to have a healthy human
body and to have a good well shaped human body, This is like
driving an aeroplane from one village
to another village, and just using your
aeroplane for that much. When the actual potential of
the aeroplane is to take off show you so much, the whole area,
the whole country, can be covered. By that, what I mean, the
actual potential of yoga, is not only to make us healthy
and beautiful on a physical level, but to make us healthy and
beautiful on an emotional level, but to make us healthy and
beautiful on a psychological level. If our practice remains completely
physical in nature at all, which means we just get
physical benefits from it, Then, we are driving very little of
the benefits that are there in yoga. So, the yoga sutras, again,
gives us the whole context, in which, we can through
our asana practice, we can not only evolve a
beautiful and healthy human body, but also a beautiful and
healthy emotional state, a beautiful and healthy mind by
which I mean, thoughts or that. That is what I have seen.
That is one thing, The second thing,
why it is important, it is very simple, If I put someone into
a lab of chemist into a chemistry
laboratory, without teaching this person
anything about chemistry, What will he do? What does he knows? What to do? He just start mixing things and maybe try out few things and maybe by change he even discover a few some truths about
chemical principals, but what about the vast
science of chemistry? For that, both are required,
the theoretic l aspect as well as the practical aspect. So, if asana, pranayama,
are the practical aspects, yoga sutras try to provide
the overall context, the over all
theoretical aspect. That’s why Patanjali emphasize
so much on Svadhyaya, self study. That’s is what he says, through
Svadhyaya, through self study, one can go deeper into yoga, which means into the
practical aspect of yoga. By going deeper into the
practical aspect of yoga, someone can then, go deeper into his
understanding of the theoretical aspect. It is the same, you first study some chemistry, you practically experiment it. That deepen your
understanding of the theory. The deeper you
understand the theory, the better experiments
you can make. The more usefully you can put the
frontier of ignorance further, further and further away.
So, both deeply required, practice as well as theory. Patanjali’s yoga philosophy
presents the complete context the theoretical aspect
for our practice. Then we can use our
practice to experiment that. That is how I see it. I always see the yoga mat, as a small little space, for test driving. When I
started learning to drive, my teacher took me to to a safe place where
he made me seat behind the steering wheel, and start just driving, because I didn’t
have to worry about hitting anything. For me, the yoga mat is
like that safe space, in which I can
start experimenting, I can start testing
out my potential, in which I can testing
out what I am capable of without worrying how it will affect
others or How it will affect my life. But, slowly, slowly, once
a level of confidence has been evolved, then
everything that we learn from yoga, has to be applied in our daily life. So, the principles
such as non violence, the principle of friendliness, the principle of truthfulness, the principle of giving up
the sense of possessiveness, These are deeply self
transformative principles. Taking about them is easy, Bringing them, introducing
them into once life is very difficult. But the practice of yoga
give us that strength and makes it easier for us. This is how I see it, this is how I see yoga. First of all by
showing me the path of how to become a human being not not because there is a God
up there who wants me to be a nice human being. Because if I am not
a nice human being, he will send me into the hell and if I am a nice human
being he will reward me by sending me into heaven. Not that, that is a kind of novelty, a kind of goodness. That is just skin
deep, scratching away. What yoga gives is a
goodness, a novelty, from within.
Independent from not … I often see that a good
idea if it is suppressed imposed on someone,
it can cost damage. A good idea should
come from within. The desire to be good, the
desire to be a good person, and the effort to
be a nice person, has to come from within. I think that yoga rather
than imposing goodness on us, really inspires, first of all
the desire to be a good person, and then also show us the path, give us the strength
to be a good person, in the difficult
challenging moments. That is what I see as
the practical application in this way sort of yoga then start to improve every
aspect of our life. In any case, the level of energy,
the level of positivity, the level of lightness which we evolve as a result of even
just a simple asana practice which we do early in the morning, transform our whole day. We are positive even if I say I
have problem with the income tax, or with the
government or whatever, hundred of worries. If in the morning I can
just rid of everything, spend a few moments, in my asana practice, be charged for the whole day. Then I am ready to fight. To fight in a sense, in
a non violence sense. To take up on challenges
with some inner strength, inner goodness,
inner positivity. So, in this way, yoga really helps me to prepare myself for
the tasks of the day. It is part of the way,
before I go to the office, I have to groom myself,
I have to wash myself, clean up myself, iron my clothes,
so I am completed prepared. For me yoga is part of that and it can be
applied to anything, this positivity, whatever.
Whether we have to take difficult discussions as
a head of a government or in the rooms of
directors or whatever. I think that positivity
can be used everywhere. Even a taxi driver. He will drive more peacefully through the traffic. He will be more
settle in his seat, He will be more focused, less
possibility of having an accident, and he will benefit. Everybody can benefit tremendously
from this outlook, from this practice. It is for everybody,
that’s the idea.