Introduction to Yoga Sutras 1.5-1.11
Uncoloring Your Thoughts:
THINNNING THE VEIL: The joy of deeper meditation comes through
uncoloring the mental obstacles that veil the true Self. While Yoga
was defined in sutras 1.1-1.4, the process of experiencing the goal
of Yoga, Self-realization, begins in this section.
FIVE KINDS OF INTERFERING THOUGHTS: There are five types of
interfering mental impressions (1.4) that block the realization of
the true Self (1.3): 1) knowing correctly, 2) incorrect knowing, 3)
imagination, 4) deep sleep, and 5) memory (1.5, 1.6). The Yogi learns
to witness these five kinds of thoughts with non-attachment (1.15-
1.16), discriminate between these five, and to cultivate the first
type of thought, which is knowing correctly (1.7).
THEY ARE COLORED OR NOT COLORED: These thought patterns may be
colored (klishta) or not-colored (aklishta) (1.5). That coloring has
to do with ignorance, I-ness, attachments, aversions, and fears
(2.3). The simple observation of whether thought patterns are colored
or not colored is an extremely useful part of the process of
purifying, balancing, stabilizing, or calming the mind so that deeper
meditation can come.
WITNESSING, EXPLORING, AND UNCOLORING: By learning to explore and
become witness to these five types of thoughts, and by learning to
allow the coloring to fade (1.16) through the various processes of
Yoga meditation, the veil over Truth gradually thins (1.2), and we
come to experience our true Self (1.3).
MOST IMPORTANT CONCEPT: This uncoloring process is an extremely
important concept, and is further dealt with in the later chapters
(2.1-2.9, 2.10-2.11). It is such an important concept that it is
virtually impossible to practice Yoga without understanding it. (See
also the articles on Uncoloring your Colored Thoughts and Witnessing