Day 24 of #yogasutrachallenge: YS 1.24 Klesa karma vipakasayair aparamrstah purusa visesa Isvarah

Day 24 of #yogasutrachallenge: YS 1.24 Klesa karma vipakasayair aparamrstah purusa visesa Isvarah My interpretation: The Universe is the supreme soul, untouched by any afflictions, karma, karmic outcomes or subconscious desires As much as the idea of “we are all one” and “one love” has formed the foundation of contemporary yoga, and what has become the culture of yoga ever since the hippy movement of the late sixties, this is not what Patanjali believes, as is evident from this important sutra. Here Patanjali describes Isvarah – the divine consciousness of the universe (or God, if you like) – as a unique, special soul. I prefer to think of Isvarah as vaguely as possible (in my head, it’s just “The Universe”), and will try not to refer to it in any way other that what Patanjali himself will describe. As soon as you start calling Isvarah “the Lord” or “God” you’re attributing so many of the connotations culture provides about what it does, or what it looks like. I’m sure any such being is well beyond our abilities of comprehension let alone such arbitrary notions as form and gender, even if many of the old male commentators would prefer it to be an old, grey ‘Him’ such as they are. Also, Patanjali himself is pretty vague, not going into any more depth on the nature of Isvarah and the relationship of Isvarah to the world than he needs to in order to make his practical point about meditation....

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