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Yoga Sutra 2.13

Yoga sutra 2.13

sati mūle tad-vipākaḥ jāti-āyuḥ bhogāḥ

When mental afflictions are at the root of our actions, the results will manifest in our life situations, the duration of the result and the experience of that result.

This sutra is an extension of the last one and says that if your actions are rooted in your afflictions (misperception, desire, avoidance, ego or fear), then the results show that. How do you know if your actions are based on the same? You have to “taste” the fruits on three levels:

  • Various life situations (jāti): disease, injury, grief, frustration.

  • The duration of the result (āyuḥ) whether actual or perceived. A trauma may be a short event but how you feel about it can seem endless.

  • Your feeling of the experience, with numerous levels of pain and sorrow (bhogā).

Damian Cadman-Jones is an authorised teacher of Prana Vashya Yoga™

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