X-RAY VI­SION

Yoga Journal - - Practice Well -

X-rays help us see things more clearly—a key con­cept in Patan­jali’s Yoga Su­tra, and one that yoga teach­ers who veer into the philo­soph­i­cal teach­ings of this an­cient prac­tice might ex­plain. “Patan­jali points out that in view­ing the world, we tend not to see re­al­ity clearly, but in­stead we’re de­luded by the er­ror of false per­cep­tion,” says David Life, co-founder of Ji­va­mukti Yoga. “This con­fu­sion about the true re­la­tion­ship be­tween the act of see­ing, the ob­ject seen, and the iden­tity of the Seer, is the root cause of suf­fer­ing.” The cure? Us­ing a kind of x-ray vi­sion com­prised of viveka (dis­crim­i­na­tion be­tween “real view” and “un­real, ap­par­ent view”) and vairagya (de­tach­ment from a mis­taken iden­ti­fi­ca­tion).

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