SUTRA 1.10: ABHAVA PRATYAYALAMBANA VRTTIR NIDRA

TRANSLATION: THAT MENTAL MODIFICATION SUPPORTED BY COGNITION OF NOTHINGNESS IS SLEEP.

When we sleep or even meditate, we might feel as if our minds are able to exist completely devoid of thought. However, in these moments, when we perceive we have achieved clarity, if we are cognizant of this clarity, we are still thinking… These thoughts might be: “yay, my mind is free of thoughts”, “I feel nothing”, “I see nothing”, “I’m meditating…woohoo!” etc. This act of being aware of lucidity and stillness, of peace and quiet, is in itself a modification of the mind. Can we free ourselves from our cognition of nothingness and experience mere… nothingness? Hmmm, seems to me like a tough habit to kick. But, maybe, with practice and time… who knows where we might go when we don’t know where we are going!

April 11, 2010. Tags: . yoga. Leave a comment.