Yoga Sutra 1.37 Meditation on a mind free of desire to gain stability
- Yoga Sutras: Yoga Sutra 1.37:
Meditation on a mind free of desire to stabilize and clear the mind
YOGA SUTRA 1.37: Or contemplating on having a mind that is free from
desires, the mind gets stabilized and tranquil.
(vita raga vishayam va chittam)
VITA = without, devoid of
RAGA = attachment, desires, attraction
VISHAYAM = objects of the senses
VA = or (or other practices in 1.34-1.39)
CHITTAM = of the consciousness of the mind-field
IMAGINE A MIND FREE FROM DESIRE: One way to do this practice is to
think of some great sage, yogi, or spiritual person you respect.
Simply imagine what their mind would be like if they were sitting
quietly for meditation. Then, pretend that your own mind is as quiet
as you think his or hers would be. It is a trick of your own mind to
imagine in this way, but it is an extremely useful practice for
stabilizing your own mind.
IMAGINE YOUR OWN MIND FREE FROM DESIRE: Another method is to imagine
what your own mind would be like if it were temporarily free from any
desires, wants, wishes, attractions, aversions, or expectations. It
is like a game you are playing with yourself, wherein you see if you
can pretend that your mind is in this tranquil state. With a little
practice, this works amazingly well.