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Raja Yoga Sutra by Patanjali, with commentary by Sri Swami Sivananda - Random Selection

Raja Yoga Sutra Selection # 8

From Discourse I: "Samadhi Pada- On Contemplations"

I.4. VRITTI SVAAROOPYAM ITARATRA

'When the mind is not concentrated, the perceiver identifies with its modifications.'

Commentary:
When thought waves arise, there is the immediate tendency to identify with them. One thought wave spawns a host of others. If one's neighbor has a swimming pool that is two inches larger, the 'vritti' arises that "I must have a larger pool." If not caught in its formation, this thought repeats itself, followed by others of a related nature. One follows in the wake of the previous, each giving more and more power to the overall attitude. If, out of covetousness, one buys his neighbor's pool and house, there will be more taxes to pay in addition to two swimming pools and two houses to be cleaned. This may entail hiring help, which further entails supervision. If the second house is rented out, perhaps the tenant will change either it or the pool. To get away from the headache of it all, one goes for a vacation. The swimming pool is exchanged for one in Hawaii, and the bed and television, for those in the hotel room. One sits in the hotel lobby instead of his own living room, worrying about whether or not the neighbor is remembering to let the dog out each day, and how things at the office are going. What is the real difference between the hotel lobby and one's own living room? There is none, for the mind is a slave to its preoccupations, identifying with the same problems wherever it is. One 'vritti' gives rise to countless others, all in search of happiness. But in fact, it is only foolishness, for the very rising of the thoughts themselves destroys the peace that the mind craves. It is only when these thoughts are stilled in concentration that identification with agitation and desire are eliminated.

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