#yogasutrachallenge Book II Sutra 5 – Ignorance is when you see the self – which is pure, clean, eternal and blissful – as the non-self, which is the opposite.

#yogasutrachallenge Book II Sutra 5 – Ignorance is when you see the self – which is pure, clean, eternal and blissful – as the non-self, which is the opposite. This intriguing sutra acts as a link between Patanjali’s discussion of the ignorance and the ego. It’s an unusual definition of ignorance but pretty categorical: as soon as you start to think of yourself as your body and your mind (even more, your possessions, your role in society, daughter, husband, teacher etc.) you’ve fallen into ignorance. That’s pretty much all the time then. We’ve seen many times before in the sutras that Patanjali considers our souls (purusha) to be divine microcosms of Universal consciousness that exists in an omniscient state of pure bliss, but that our poor souls are trapped in this cycle of reincarnation, bound to the physical world until we reach enlightenment and play out all our karma. All well and good, you might say, but we’ve never seen him mention anything about cleanliness before. The non-self: our bodies, minds etc. are not fit places for enlightenment apparently. Especially the body. This is essentially considered a toxic bag of sweat, blood, mucus, faeces, bile, phlegm, intestines, eyeballs, fat etc. Beauty is skin-deep and even a supermodel is essentially just a sack of potentially embarrassing substances. Not exactly how we like to think of ourselves. This explains a lot of the cleansing practices that are performed as part of a traditional yogic lifestyle but I'm not sure how relevant it is to the definition of ignorance. Belch, excuse me :). #yogasutrachallenge #eastlondonyoga #natalieyoga.com #londonyoga #skindeep #supermodels #humanbody

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