The man of yoga who is able to overcome, here on earth, the turmoil of desire and anger- that man is truly happy.
I’m currently in preparation for a month-long yoga teacher training which will take place in September in Montreal. As pre-work, incoming students have been assigned a comprehensive list of readings to finish prior to the first day of instruction. Yesterday, over a cup of very very strong coffee, I dedicated myself to 2 hours with The Bhagavad Gita.
In the following excerpt, Krishna expounds on a topic I’ve previously explored in the context of habit and consumption– the alienation of the self through material accumulation— and forms an argument for the causal implication of ‘sense objects’ in impeding spiritual transcendence. Piecing together Krishna’s advice, I understand the argument as follows:
When the mind constantly runs after the wandering senses, it drives away wisdom, like the wind blowing a ship off course.
But the man who is self controlled, who meets the objects of the senses with neither craving or aversion, will attain serenity at last.
Abandoning all desires, acting without craving, free from all thoughts of “I” and “mine,” that man finds utter peace.
Nothing in the world can purify as powerfully as wisdom; practiced in yoga you will find this wisdom within yourself. Continue reading