#yogasutrachallenge: "The lives we’re born into bring us pleasure and pain as a result of our virtue and vices" - Patanjali Book II Sutra 14

Another post for my #yogasutrachallenge: "The lives we’re born into bring us pleasure and pain as a result of our virtue and vices" - Patanjali Book II Sutra 14 Patanjali’s view of karma is that fundamentally, it’s a simple equation: vice leads to bad karma, which leads to a short unpleasant lifespan, while virtue creates good karma and produces pleasant experiences. Whether the karma plays out in this lifetime or another might be down to other lessons you are set to learn in this life, but ultimately we are responsible for the quality of our own future. Again, as our mental afflictions cause karma, and karma causes pleasure or pain in future, according to Patanjali we need to root out our ignorance, ego, attachments, aversions and clinging to life in order to have a happy future. As far as priorities go, this might rank pretty highly but somehow curbing your ego isn’t quite as easy to put down on your to-do list as going to the bank or eating your 5 a day. Patanjali’s method of yoga which he goes on to explain in the sutras provides a way of going about it. But in the meantime, it might be worth giving some thought to simple ways you might be able to keep a check on the afflictions during the day – e.g. examining the things you are most attached to and considering why, and what would happen if you didn’t have them. #natalieyoga #londonyogi #yogi #yoga #trueyoga #YogaLondon #trueyogacollective #virtue #karma #yogisofinstagram #instayogi

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