Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Swami Vishnudevananda ...

a direct disciple of Swami Sivanada of Rishikesh and one of my first Yoga teachers almost 50 yrs ago in Toronto, Canada, founder of the world wide Sivanada Yoga-centres and ongoingly an inspiration:

When there is no identification with an action or a word to their vibration, it sets your energy body flowing free!
When we judge or define a person or his/her action, that is the energy we will feel from that person, but in reality this energy is created by our own mind because of identification. What an illusion! And so much freedom without it!

Raja Yoga Sutras
Commentary by Swami Vishnudevananda

Shabda-jnaanaanupaatii-vastu-shoonyo vikalpah

Verbal delusion is caused by the identification with words that have no basis in reality.

Commentary: Verbal delusion is the mental impression created byreactions to words that are not founded on fact. If one man calls another a fool, it is only a verbalisation, a vibration in the air. But what a thundering wave it creates. One simple, unreal word wreaks havoc, throwing the physical and emotional bodies into chaos, destroying all happiness and peace. One is not a fool because he is called a fool. If a person were called a donkey, he would not grow long ears and a tail. Yet, it is not unusual for people to react in anger to such statements and, in the process, actually give validity to them. The mind attributes meaning and nuances to words, giving them a false reality. Such reactions to meaningless vibrations is the cause of countless human troubles.