Yoga Sutras: Yoga Sutra 2.8
THE COLORING (KLESHA) OF AVERSION (DVESHA)
YOGA SUTRA 2.8: Aversion (dvesha) is a modification that results from
misery associated with some memory, whereby the three modifications
of aversion, pain, and the memory of the object or experience are
then associated with one another.
(dukha anushayi dvesha)
dukha = pain, sorrow, suffering
anushayi = sequential attraction to, closely following, secondary
accompaniment, resting on
dvesha = aversion or pushing away, hatred
Aversion is a form of attachment: Aversion is actually another form
of attachment. It is what we are trying to mentally push away, but
that pushing away is also a form of connection, just as much as
attachment is a way of pulling towards us.
AVERSION IS A NATURAL PART OF THE MIND: Dvesha actually seems to be a
natural part of the universal process, as we build a precarious
mental balance between the many attractions and the many aversions.
AVERSION IS BOTH SURFACE AND SUBTLE: It is important to remember that
aversion can be very subtle, and that this subtlety will be revealed
with deeper meditation. However, it is also quite visible on the more
surface level as well. It is here, on the surface that we can begin
the process of witnessing our aversions.
AVERSION CAN BE EASIER TO NOTICE THAN ATTACHMENT: In relation to
individual thought patterns, aversion is one of the two colorings
that is most easily seen, along with attachment. Actually, aversion
can be easier to notice than attachment, in that there is often an
emotional response, such as anger, irritation, or anxiety. Such an
emotional response may be mild or strong. Because of these kinds of
responses, which animate through the sensations of the physical body,
this aspect of witnessing can be very easily done right in the middle
of daily life, along with meditation time.
ATTENUATING THE COLORINGS: Notice the process of attenuating the
colorings in the next section. To follow this attenuating process, it
is first necessary to be aware of the colorings, such as aversion and
attachment. Gradually, through the attenuating process, we truly can
become a witness to the entire stream of the thinking process. This
sets the stage for deeper meditation.
BREAKING THE ALLIANCE: Three types of modifications of mind are
mentioned in this sutra: aversion, memory, and sequence of memory. To
break the alliance between these, and between seer and seen is the
key to freedom from the bondage of karma in relation to aversion.
Breaking of such alliances is discussed in upcoming sutras (2.12-