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Yoga Sutra 2.41

sattva-śuddhi-saumanasya-ekāgrya-indriya-jaya-ātmadarśana-yogyatvāni ca

Moreover with purification we cultivate mental clarity and sustained vision of the Self

Patanjali tells us again about the results of purification in this Sutra which speaks volumes about its importance.

There are certain skills that have evolved from mental purity:

  1. absolute mental clarity (sattva śuddhi) – is the state of the most balance and peace on a mental-emotional level that you can experience. Sattva is therefore the highest potential you have on a mental-emotional level.

  2. cheerful attitude (saumanasya) – clarity leads to a positive way of being, full of pleasant thoughts.

  3. focus (ekāgrya) – as the mind draws inward, it becomes less distracted with the external world and is able to focus on one thing at a time for prolonged periods of time; the realisation of yoga.

  4. mastery of the eleven senses (indriya-jaya) – senses are mastered, channelled towards the essential

  5. linking with the Self (ātma-darśana) – that is, your highest potential – the Self.

The progression with purification noted above, then, is from physical cleanliness to the mental clarity. This progression brings discovery of ones true Self.

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

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