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Yoga Sutra is the basic scripture of yoga, in the sense of a Hindu philosophical view, essential for anyone who wants to gain deeper insight of the spiritual aspects of yoga. In translation and commentary by the founder and teacher of darshana-yoga, this text is highly demanding to the reader, revealing the true nature of yoga as the quest for the highest reality through a union of study of the holy scriptures, the techniques of purification, and devotion to God.
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Disturbed mind projects desires and their fulfillment into the sphere of the unreal. Within the unreal, there is no possibility of fulfillment, since fulfillment comes only from the real. Spirit turned toward the world therefore experiences suffering. Cessation of suffering is attained through cessation of projections, and by turning the consciousness inwards. Within his own consciousness, one observes reality, which is an aspect of the supreme reality. Calming the mind, and releasing multitudes of disturbances (kleshas) from consciousness, the subtlety of consciousness grows, and with it also the subtlety of the perceived objects. In observation of the object of greatest subtlety its objectivity is lost, or, in other words, there remains no difference between the observed, observation and the observer. Thus I Myself Am. I then perceive to be the sole reality. Left with nothing greater to attain, I stay firm in the highest of accomplishments.
(excerpt from the commentary)
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