For those who have attained Yogic powers, now is the time to use them

III.53 kṣaṇa-tat-kramayoḥ saṁyamād viveka-jaṁ jñānaṁ

-By performing saṁyama on the moment, and its sequence, one attains knowledge born of discrimination.

In wake of today’s news of the Brussels airport bombing, we Yoga practitioners need to find our inner resources. In the midst of the horrific images, there will be rhetoric claiming revenge. There will most likely be vengeful counter attacks. Who knows if those counter attacks will include innocent lives. There will also be untold atrocities toward people of Muslim faith who had nothing to do with the bombings only because of those who possess ignorance and passion.

One power Yoga teaches us is to delay our reactions. That doesn’t mean it slows us down, or makes us into pacifists. It means that we don’t react, but we respond appropriately. So my plea to all the Yoga practitioners out there is to stop, do your practice, and reflect before taking any action. That pause can make all the difference.

tree 1

Citta Vritti, or the stuff that makes the mind disturbed seeps easily into the consciousness. Above is an invasive Miconia plant in Hawai’i creeping up an unsuspecting tree. If you image that the tree represents pure unalloyed consciousness and the Miconia weed as citta vritti.

tree 2

Without regular Yoga practice, the weeds take root. The Consciousness begins to mistake the weeds of citta vritti as the actual self. At this point the consciousness is susceptible to all that is not permanent.

tree 3

And in the end, the Citta Vritti chokes the consciousness. Now the transient thoughts are running the show and the person is at the mercy of ill thoughts.

So as yoga practitioners, we need to use what the practice has given us to transcend this time. Nothing is permanent execpt for the consciousness which is untouched by war, disease, old age, and fear.




15 thoughts on “For those who have attained Yogic powers, now is the time to use them

  1. Rachel

    What about yoga for all those in Brussels who are suffering from shock, trauma, PTSD, and those who have suffered injury? Why not one mention of the victims?? It sounds your first concern is for something that hasn’t even happened yet. Disappointing


      1. Rachel

        I actually felt the opposite. “There will also be untold atrocities toward people of Muslim faith…” makes me wonder where your comfort is for those who have just suffered atrocities. When someone dies in a car crash, is our first reaction to not help the survivors? I agree that the situation is tense and making decisions from a place of inner calm, rather than reacting out of rage, is appropriate. At the same time, I don’t understand how this could bring comfort.

        I live in a place where fear of terrorism is part of our daily lives. Nearly everyone in the country knows someone, or has two degrees of separation, from someone who died in an attack. People who were standing at bus stops, doing their grocery shopping, etc. Yoga is what keeps my anxiety level from going through the roof. It keeps me sane, calm, and allows me to fully feel the sadness and anger that is appropriate when innocents are murdered, while not acting on it or losing my mind. When someone is murdered, everyone in the country mourns together – we have lost a soul that will never return. A family will never experience that person living the life they should have. Yoga is what helps me get out of the bed in the morning and not let the fear the situation creates control me.

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      2. yogibattle Post author

        It is unfortunate that the fear of terrorism is a part of your daily life. You have the power to choose not to be terrorized. What I am offering is not a popular viewpoint, but as long as we identify ourselves deeply with our fear and suffering instead of who we actually are, we have given all the power to those who bring about terror in our lives. By not allowing them to make you react, you have empowered yourself. May you find peace during this time Rachel.

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      3. Rachel

        Thank you. I don’t know if your suggestion is unpopular as much as extraordinarily difficult, I don’t know if you can fully comprehend that. Still, I appreciate your good wishes.

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      4. churchofentropy

        for a Yogi(ni), it is much harder to not act than to act to protect ahimsa. When one acts, it must be precise, surgical and cold to the bone, this is the way of the warrior. This author is on the path and you should not let your feelings colour that fact: they are serving you and you are criticizing for nothing… You enjoying a stretching practice has nothing to do with the greater issues and I suggest having a look at what all the attacks have in common, and maybe start attacking people who rep that ideology rather than a practitioner of Yoga!


      1. yogibattle Post author

        Thanks Paul. Always nice to see your posts too. I enjoyed your link to “Greatest Source of Unhappiness” and found it thought provoking.


  2. k8macdo

    loka samasta sukinoh bhavantu
    I remember my teacher chanting this after the twin towers attack.
    May all the worlds be in peace.
    Our prayerful chants and thoughts can make a substantive difference.
    Hari Om

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  3. SkepticMeditations

    You write: “Without regular Yoga practice, the weeds take root. The Con[s]ciousness begins to mistake the weeds of citta vritti as the actual self.”

    You misspelled consciousness. I put the [s] in above.

    I don’t get the Sutra quotation or your reason for using it: So, unless a person practices yoga regularly they will suffer the “weeds” [aka, wages of sin, ignorance, delusion? Religious mythological language can soothe or incite. It pushes my buttons here.

    Don’t violent extremists create a similar kind, but greater degree, of “us versus them” or “our practice is better than their practice” righteousness?


    1. yogibattle Post author

      Thanks for the spell check Scott. I used the above sutra as a reminder that we have tools to focus on this moment to attain discrimination and not get so stuck in the past or the future which are irrelevant to the “right now.” At a time when everyone seems to be flying off the handle triggered by world events, I find this sutra useful for my practice, and thought I would share with my readers.
      You are correct about the “us versus them” debate, but I would like to add that practitioners can use this partition of non-reactiveness to separate themselves from the riotous group mentality that seems to pervade after these type of events that are unfortunately happening more frequently.
      The short of it is we have to think differently than we have in the past to get different results than what we have been getting. I am offering my perspective on how to do this. I did not say this was the only or even the correct perspective. If you have a better or more useful perspective, please offer that too. The world right now certainly needs it, as well as a good spell checking 🙂


  4. Jean Ketchum

    I love this guys blog. He describes my love of all aspects of my practice. How blessed I am to have yoga as a base for my life.

    Sent from my iPad




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