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

Raja Yoga Sutra Selection # 6

From Discourse I: "Samadhi Pada- On Contemplations"

I.2. YOGAS CHITTA-VRITTI-NIRODHAH

'Yoga is restraining the activities of the mind.'

Commentary(continued):
The 'chitta' is thus the background of the mind.

It is like a lake on which rise and fall waves, which are comparable to the thoughts. These thought waves are called 'vrittis'. A 'vritti' is a "mental whirlpool", or mental modification; it is the difference between action and the absence of action in the mind. In the average person there are thousands of 'vrittis' arising each minute in the mind. It is impossible for the conscious mind to keep track of the minute and intricate changes through which the mind is traveling every second. It is no surprise, therefore, that it takes many years of observation of one's own mind to understand its workings. The Self is the witness of all that is perceived, but it neither acts nor reacts, for all action and reaction take place in the mind, appearing as 'vrittis'. Thought, the most powerful force in the universe, initiates all action. Activity carried out on the physical plane is only a mirror of the inner workings of the mind. That which is assumed to be reality, the physical environment in which each person lives, is only a projection of the mind. In truth, when the many mental modifications, 'vrittis', are restrained, one is no longer affected by the comings and goings of the world, and the Self shines forth in undisturbed purity.

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