As interpreted by Ty Landrum
In the Yoga Sutra, Patanjali names abhyasa (follow) and vairagya (dispassion) as the two important parts of yoga. And in Sutra 1.15, he dives extra particularly into what “dispassion” truly means. Dispassion, he says, is “conscious mastery of desire.”
In conventional yogic asceticism, “conscious mastery of desire” is the capability to face up to urges and impulses, regardless of how robust they is perhaps. For ascetics, the function of vairagya is to understand a sort of autonomy by severing all attachments to the physique—not precisely a compelling objective for a contemporary yoga practitioner.
The Purpose of Vairagya (Dispassion)
When this sutra is seen by way of the lens of later Tantric philosophy, “conscious mastery of desire” is not the means to face up to want, however as an alternative to launch the animating drive of want from its object so we will expertise that pressure as pure creativity. In this view, the function of vairagya is to not separate ourselves from our our bodies, however as an alternative to domesticate a deeper intimacy with them by tapping into innate artistic forces.
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Asana apply is a superb alternative to follow this more-engaging, less-repressive Tantric type of vairagya. As we transfer and breathe by way of the postures, we arouse primitive impulses of all types. But if we stay targeted on the regular move of our breath, we will stay grounded in our our bodies. Instead of permitting impulses to disturb us or distract us into fantasy, we will maintain them in perspective and see them for what they’re: ephemeral formations of prana, the underlying energetic drive that sustains us.
When wishes come up throughout our asana follow, we will choose to breathe into them and to observe in marvel as the solvent of the breath dissolves wishes into the open area of consciousness. When want dissolves, it releases its artistic and motivating drive, and we expertise that launch as a cathartic wave, often accompanied by emotions of exultation. For the pressure behind our wishes—the pressure that pulls us towards specific objects and other people and locations—is love. And when love is launched from want, we expertise it as one thing selfless and blissful. Revel in that have and constantly domesticate it via the abhyasa (apply) of vairagya.
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