'The Yoga Sutras Of Patanjali' can be considered as the bestselling self-help book that is used by people over and over again for two millennia. This is not just another book that you read for quickly fixing symptoms of problems that lead to your long term troubles. Quick fixes will never be enough if you want to find inner peace. You should be ready to feel the power of inside-out transformation with the spiritual practice, commonly called as 'sadhana' by the yogis.
Patanjali introduces readers to 'chittavrittinirodha' which translates to 'pausing the turbulent fluctuations of our mind'. If you are able to control your thoughts, you will be able to weed out negative thoughts and focus all your energy on positive thoughts and actions. The sutras claim that if you are able to eliminate the 'noise' generated by your mind, you can hear the voice of your true self, 'Purusha'.
The mind is generally uncontrollable with about sixty thousand thoughts that occur in just one day. If you find it impossible to control the thoughts and turbulence, you will end up facing a chaotic situation in your everyday life. Taming your mind is a very difficult feat and it can't be attempted by someone who is looking for a temporary solution. However, Patanjali assures that through regular practice of 'sadhana', you can control your mind and unlock the true voice of your soul which will guide you in the path of enlightenment.
Sadhana leads you to practice the eight limbs of yoga such as yama (restraint), niyama (observances), asana (physical postures), pranayama (breath regulation), pratyahara (retracting senses), dharana (concentration), dhyana (contemplation) and samadhi (meditative absorption). You don't have to search elsewhere for peace of mind because the true peace lies with your soul. When you connect and join to your own self, you will be able to control your mind and begin the process of transformation. By identifying yourself with your 'Purusha', you will able to identify the ultimate source 'Ishwara'.
Practicing 'sadhana' will be tough when you start out. However, with regular practice, you will enjoy the process of controlling your mind. The theory of the sutras can be well understood and discussed if you have a support system of yogis with passion and commitment similar to yours. While you can practice 'Sadhana' in solitude, you can achieve much better results when you perform 'sadhana' with other yogis who are in the path of self-transformation.
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