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14Introduction to Yoga Sutras 1.12-1.16 Practice and Non-Attachment

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    Jul 22, 2005
      Introduction to Yoga Sutras 1.12-1.16
      Practice and Non-Attachment
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      TWO CORE PRINCIPLES: Practice (abhyasa, 1.13) and non-attachment
      (vairagya, 1.15) are the two core principles on which the entire
      system of Yoga rests (1.12). It is through the cultivation of these
      two that the other practices evolve, by which mastery over the mind
      field occurs (1.2), and allows the realization of the true Self (1.3).

      ABHYASA/PRACTICE: Abhyasa means having an attitude of persistent
      effort to attain and maintain a state of stable tranquility (1.13).
      To become well established, this needs to be done for a long time,
      without a break (1.14). From this stance the deeper practice
      continues to unfold, going ever deeper towards the direct experience
      of the eternal core of our being.

      VAIRAGYA/NON-ATTACHMENT: The essential companion is non-attachment
      (1.15), learning to let go of the many attachments, aversions, fears,
      and false identities that are clouding the true Self.

      THEY WORK TOGETHER: Practice leads you in the right direction, while
      non-attachment allows you to continue the inner journey without
      getting sidetracked into the pains and pleasures along the way.

      SUPREME NON-ATTACHMENT: Gradually, non-attachment expands to the
      depth of the subtlest building blocks (gunas) of ourselves and the
      universe, which is called paravairagya, supreme non-attachment
      (1.16). Eventually the three gunas resolve back into their cause
      during deep meditation, leading to final liberation (4.13-4.14, 4.32-