He explained that this is due to the remnants of impressions in one’s chitta, though one has been practicing Yoga arduously.
This Yoga Sutra lists five causes.
Strength of Will, Energy,( Virya)
Samadhi, Deep Contemplation and
Faith is fundamental.
Whether one likes it or not, one practices it;the only difference between those who have faith and those who do not have is that while the former is aware of and acknowledges it, the latter is either unaware or refuses to acknowledge it.
Those who deny Faith have faith at least in what they believe in or in the Belief that they do not believe.
The rationalists are the funniest lot.
They do not believe in any thing which they can not reason out, forgetting that Reason can nor t be proved except by its results or by Inference, both premises are at fault.
Who can guarantee I will live after I post this Blog or live as I post?
Scientists, not all of them, do not believe in anything excepting what Science tells them to, conveniently forgetting that Science is based on, mainly, two assumptions,
Law Of Uniformity of Nature and
law Of Causation.
Both are axioms, they can not be questioned.
If Faith is Belief is unquestioned trust on something that is proved, then where does this leave Science?
We assume that Nature behaves Uniformly and systematically.
What if it it is not?
There are already Theories of Chaos, Uncertainty Principle in Science.
Law of Causation.
Two events occur.
We connect them by saying one is the Cause of another.
So faith is something which drive us whether we acknowledge it or not.
Now we have positive thinking.
Not all positive thinking is probable or even possible.
Still we are advised to follow it.
Because it delivers.
Patanjali says this.
Have Faith , continue having it and you will get results.
To me so long as it delivers results it is fine, no matter whether it is true or false.
- shraddha = unconditional faith, trust, confidence, belief, certainty
- virya = energy, strength of will
- smriti = memory, intentful remembrance, mindfulness
- samadhi = deep absorption of meditation, entasy
- prajna = wisdom, discernment, super cognitive
- purvakah = preceding, coming before, prerequisite
- itaresham = of other people
Simple, straightforward outline: The five principles and practices in this sutra form a very simple, straightforward outline of the personal commitments needed to follow the path of Self-realization. It is very useful to memorize these five, and to reflect on them often.
2. Virya, Strength of Will.
Feelings are born out of Instinctive actions/reactions.
Feelings develop into Emotions.
Emotions backed by Cognition develop into Will.
Have Faith, Develop the Will.
3. Smriti, Remembrance.
It is a fact that we forget what we want to forget and remember what we are interested in.
Remembering something is conditioned by our our Will.
The Will is strengthened by repeatedly recalling what we want to remember,.
This is called Adyayana in Sanskrit.
4. Samadhi, Regular repeated Concentration aids the process of Samadhi.
Means Discernment, The ability to distinguish between the Correct and the Incorrect, Right form the Wrong.
While discernment of correct and incorrect is based on facts alone, choosing Right and Wrong is instinctive.
Sometimes facts may mislead us into deciding what is Right or Wrong, but instinct never fails.
The problem is identifying true instincts as at our present development as Human Beings we are cloaked by Culture and Civilizations and most of the time we do not recognize instincts or the Gut feeling.
The vigorous practice of these five principles will ensure a Yogin from lapsing into this mundane World of names and Forms because of remnants of Impressions due to imperfect practice of Yoga.
- Perfecting Practice Yoga Sutra 1.14 (ramanan50.wordpress.com)