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532Satellites, Surrender, Self-Realization, and Yoga

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    May 4, 2007
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      Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati

      A satellite in a geostationary orbit (remaining over one location on
      the Earth) is held in place because of the perfect balance between
      gravity (centripetal force) and its inertia (centrifugal force).
      Imagine that the satellite stopped its forward motion of about 17,000
      miles per hour. The satellite would immediately start falling toward
      Earth at a very fast speed.

      Imagine for a moment a human stopping his or her outward momentum
      into the external world, as well as ceasing motion of
      awareness "outward" into the stuff of the mind and body. Instantly,
      she or he would move "inward" towards the center of consciousness,
      the true Self, or whatever you wish to call that. This is one way of
      viewing the Yoga process of surrender. It is not a matter of defining
      to whom or what you surrender, but the letting go process itself.

      Thus, Yoga Sutras 1.2-1.3 describes Yoga as a process of setting
      aside or letting go, etc. (nirodhah), which results in the seer or
      witness resting in its own true nature. This is one way of explaining
      the meaning of the phrase Self-Realization and the word Yoga.

      YOGA SUTRAS 1.2-1.3: