Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Patanjali Yoga Sutra: II - 17

The confusion of what sees with the seen

Drashtadrishyayoho Samyogaha Heya Hetuhu
There is one main cause for suffering which can be avoided. That is the union of the one who sees, with what is seen, heard, tasted, touched, smelt or thought about. You watch a movie. There is an emotional scene. You are so engrossed in the scene that you identify yourself with one of the characters almost like you, and begin to cry. The sorrow happens because of the total identification of the seer - the witnessing consciousness to what is seen/ What is seen is constantly changing and moving. There is joy, sorrow, hatred, anger and all sorts of emotional and physical disturbances out there. When the witness identifies itself with, or holds on to any one of these changes - then there is sorrow. - Swahilya Shambhavi.

18 comments:

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Yet another post which makes perfect sense! Thanks for these wonderful tidbits!

Swahilya Shambhavi said...

Welcome Rakesh!

Merging Point said...

yes, the major problem is not knowing that the movie is over and just leave the hall.what naturally happens in watching a reel movie may fail to happen with a real life movie..

Swahilya Shambhavi said...

Merging Point: Whether reel or real, it's important to watch the movie identifying not with what's happening out there, but with the witness who is watching it all.

vinoth kumar said...

hi swahilya,

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Swahilya Shambhavi said...

Welcome Vinoth Kumar. Thank you.

Swahilya Shambhavi said...

Vinoth: Your blog content is very inspiring and highly energetic. I tried posting a comment, but couldn't. Keep going!

eternal child said...

your understanding is REAL.

kumar said...

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athma said...

life.... what is life?is it a gift to man given by GOD or is it a curse given to GOD by man....
life from birth to death the long gap between birth and death what all has to faced by a man...running all the time JUST to give life to the body or to make run the body till death

Swahilya Shambhavi said...

Welcome Kuldip Suri! Nice picture of The Mother you hav got on your blog profile!

Swahilya Shambhavi said...

Welcome Kumar. Thank you.

Swahilya Shambhavi said...

Welcome Kumar. Thank you.

Swahilya Shambhavi said...

athma: Man does not give life to the body. It is there. It comes, with birth and goes with death. Life just is.

Swahilya Shambhavi said...

Dear friends and visitors:
I had been to Kailash Manasarovar for over 15 days now. Now that I have returned (and safely too!) I hope to resume with the posts on the various blogs from this Monday.
The delay was unavoidable!
Namaste.

Shunyatha said...

Glad to have stumbled on this site.
Intend to visit frequently.
:)

Swahilya Shambhavi said...

Welcome Shunyatha!

latha vidyaranya said...

ref athma's comment above.

human birth is a very very special birth. only humans can raise kinda question that you have; animals, plants or rocks can not. lets keep questioning, receiving answers, contemplating on it and some day, in this birth or some other, we will stumble upon the TRUTH.

gifts can turn into curses and curses can turn into gifts........ just learn from those experiences and feel enriched!