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The missing "F" and the it’ness

Updated: Jul 30, 2021

what is YOUR CHOICE of LIFE?

what a Funny tragedy with our Friend, the Famous Fabulous Fulfilling Forgiving Fantastic Faithful Fellow letter “F”

... not like you are unaware of what I really mean,

... what is the first thing that crosses our generation's mind each time they hear the F word, what an irony for the famous theory of generalization, isn't it?, even after being so versatile and a great positive influence in nature, it's just restricted to one meaning to our booming generation. And it does not really sound like it has been doing a lot of justice to it.

Coming to our second focus of the topic, "IT"

how does "it" sound?

Honestly, to me "it" sounds dead, it feels like something that has no essence of life and neither the touch of the divine, without feelings without emotions and without expressions, non-conventional and the material itself.

Then how is it that "it" manages to Fit so well to our modern and so-called advanced mindset? Do you not feel that it's high time we start doing some justice with our "F" word, get it out of the restricted zone and move the material "it" to its actual spot, yes, it is time! You are already on the verge of the end,

the Kali yug is at its peak of destroying itself and the "it" influence is playing a huge role here,

want to know how?

Your natural fragrance is getting dissolved into the worldly influences and you feel fascinated by "it", It has changed the meaning of everything to lust greed and desire and you feel 'it' is making things easier for you, It has made the world selfish and non-thankful and you enjoy "it”, It is full of violence and you call "it" a form of justice, “it” is disruptive and you have just left it free, and “it” doesn’t really fit into the first two pillars of Yoga the YAMAS & the NIYAMAS, our very own Social and moral codes of conduct but we still let it pass freely.

Our great Maharshi Patanjali has very beautifully and gracefully explained in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra SADHANA PADA, verse 30 to 34, the Social and Personal codes of conduct that should be followed by every individual who is willing to attain the higher values of life and reach the deeper SELF, and also are very highly recommended values to establish a society that’s well-nourished from inside and looks well-flourished from outside, these YAMA and NIYAMA are like the two wheels of the cart, the first two limbs of ASHTANGA YOGA, teaching us the moral as well as the social values to cleanse ourselves inside out maintaining a higher sense of balance with the organ body mind soul and the society, infusing the right kind of knowledge and awareness in the seeker’s mind and personality, on the other hand these social and personal codes of conduct also help the seeker maintain an unbroken flow of discriminative intelligence, destroying all the sources of sorrow or dukkha.

अहिंसासत्यास्तेय ब्रह्मचर्यापरिग्रहाः यमाः ॥

ahiṃsā-satya-asteya-brahmacarya-aparigrahāḥ yamāḥ ||

- Wishing no harm in word, deed, or thoughts, being sincere in your actions and having a discipline in your thoughts and conveying them, being truthful, honest and non-stealing.

जातिदेशकालसमयानवच्छिन्नाः सार्वभौमामहाव्रतम् ॥

jāti-deśa-kāla-samaya-anavacchinnāḥ sārva-bhaumāḥ mahā-vratam ||

- The above mentioned five Yamas are termed as the “mighty universal vows” as they are not restricted to any time or place, a framework of rules on which the society is based.

शौच संतोष तपः स्वाध्यायेश्वरप्रणिधानानि नियमाः ॥

śauca-saṃtoṣa-tapaḥ svādhyāya-īśvara-praṇidhānāni niyamāḥ ||

- Cleanliness/Purity, Contentment, some religious favours, self-study, surrendering to god, these basic acts play a major role in developing an individuals character, designed in accordance with the Five Koshas, the five sheaths of a human body, namely – Annamaya Kosha (food sheath) Pranamaya Kosha (vital sheath) Manomaya Kosha (Mental Sheath) Vinanamaya Kosha (Astral Sheath) and Anandamaya Kosha (the Blissful Sheath) and the five elements of nature – earth, fire, ether, sky and air, helping the Individual to have an intelligence, friendliness and compassion. You must establish your own personal behavioural pattern in order to follow the niyama principles.

वितर्कबाधने प्रतिपक्षभावनम् ॥

vitarka-bādhane pratipakṣa-bhāvanam ||

वितर्का हिंसादयः कृतकारितानुमोदिता लोभक्रोधमोहापूर्वका मृदुमध्य अधिमात्रा दुःखाज्ञानानन्तफला इति प्रतिपक्षभावनम् ॥

vitarkāḥ (the obvious knowledge)

hiṃsā - ādayaḥ (the act of violence and so forth)

kṛta-kārita-anumoditāḥ (done, caused to be done or permitted to be done)

lobha-krodha-moha-pūrvakāḥ (preceded by desire, anger or delusion)

mṛdu-madhya-adhimātrāḥ duḥkha (mild, moderate or intense pain)

ajñāna (ignorance) – Ananta (endless) - phalāḥ (fruit) iti (thus) pratipakṣa-(contrary) bhāvanam (feeling, resting place) ||

“the uncertain knowledge giving rise to violence, whether direct or indirect, is caused by greed, anger or delusion in either mild, moderate or intense degree, resulting in endless pain and ignorance, through introspection comes the end of pain and ignorance.”



_Reference – Light on Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – BKS Iyengar


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