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.
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.
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.
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.