Patanjali Yoga Sutra – The mind is addictive and intoxicated

Pathanjali Yoga sutra

Atha yoganushasanam, yogaschitha vrithi nirodhaha

Thadadrashtaha swaroopeva asthanam vrithi saropya mitharathya

The mind is addictive and intoxicated. All the techniques are against mind. Until you realize that you are in the path opposite to yoga and that it is useless, you cannot enter the path of sutra. Only those who are totally tired and disappointed in whatever they are doing can enter the path. Never has one attained anything if he has the simple expectation that this path is not for him. You must have experienced a total sense of defeat. The projected mind is unfulfilled and useless. This mind will take you nowhere. The mind will blind you so that you become unaware of everything and unconscious. This kind of mind will not even give an opportunity for the truth to be revealed. It keeps you constantly away from truth. Everybody says that they want truth, but in reality, they don’t want it.

This is a very beautiful lie. No one is ready to experience the living truth. This is nothing but living in dreams, illusion, and lies. Because they cannot live in truth, they cannot live in the present moment, and always need an illusionary support. The use terms like salvation, moksha, and liberation, with false ideas that heaven is after death, keep missing the present. The Yoga Sutras do not insist that you believe in anything,  but rather that you experience life. Science insists on experiments in the same way. The Yoga Sutras insist on experiencing and experimenting within. The only difference is that Science is experimentation of the object, while Yoga is experiencing the Subject. Science is predicated on doubt, but not suspecting because in supession there is no trust. This distrust is a kind of belief. For example, Prahalada believed in both Hari (the Lord) and Hiranyakashyapu (demon). Thus both believer and non-believer are trustworthy.

There is no need to believe in anything, but rather, to accept what is - essentially, existentially, experimentally, expressively, or experientially. Here, there is no need to believe. When there is no belief, there is no need for any kind of obedience. All that is required in adventure to experiment. This adventurous spirit is what is lacking. People do not have the guts to leap, and that is why they are conveniently believing. They do not even care for transformation. For them, there is no need to transform - they just have to believe.

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