Ishvara Pranidhana Va
Patanjali Yoga Sutra 1.23
From a special process of devotion and letting go into the creative source from which we emerged (ishvara pranidhana), the coming of samadhi is imminent.
(ishvara pranidhana va)
“Worship does not mean offering flowers.
It means offering your heart
To the vast mystery
Of the universe.
It means letting your heart pulse
With the life of the universe
Without thought and without reservation.
It means being so in love
That you are
Willing to dissolve
And be recreated in every moment.”
Excerpt from the Radiance Sutras Lorin Roche
Isvara Pranidhana – Surrender to the divine. Release your fears and be filled with grace – accepting all that comes as part of a divine conspiracy to promote your highest good. Let go of the things you may be holding on to. Things that no longer serve your higher self. Let every moment, every action be filled with devotion. Let your asana be an offering. Expand your heart and open your mind. Let your consciousness merge with the universe, understand and feel your connectedness. To everything. Separateness is an illusion. Recognize your divine nature and surrender completely. Let go. You are one, you are whole, you are love.
Patanjali Yoga Sutra 1.41
Just as the naturally pure crystal assumes shapes and colors of objects placed near it, so the Yogi’s mind with its totally weakened modifications, becomes clear and balanced and attains the state devoid of differentiation between knower, knowable and knowledge. This culmination of meditation is Samadhi.
Siva Sutra Svacchanda Tantra
Bondage is just differentiated knowledge. It is experiencing the objects of the world as separate from god consciousness. Here, you think that God consciousness is pure and consciousness in worldly life is impure. You must quite experiencing these kinds of bondage and focus your mind inward toward pure God consciousness. When you abandon this experience of bondage and direct your mind toward God consciousness, experiencing only yourself, that is known as the pervasion of God consciousness, the pervasion of the Self.
We are attached to our lovers, our children, our roles, our possessions and our ideas. How do we maintain an open handed approach to life? Through the practice of Aparigraha (non possessiveness), one of the five yamas of yoga, we can release our suffering related to clinging. If you cling to something you are sure to create suffering. Having an open handed approach to life allows us to appreciate what we have and to let it go when the time comes. The only certainty is impermanence.
2.39 When one is steadfast in non-possessiveness or non-grasping with the senses (aparigraha), there arises knowledge of the why and wherefore of past and future incarnations.
(aparigraha sthairye janma kathanta sambhodha)
The Bhagavad Gita tells us to Release everything, do your work and let go of expectation or desire for a certain outcome. Do so passionately, with love and fully involved.
Krishnamurti says “here is only attachment; there is no such thing as detachment. The mind invents detachment as a reaction to the pain of attachment.”