31 Aug Yoga Sutra Ch 1 Sutra 5 (Parisamvad)
Transcribed from Parisamvad at The Yoga Institute.
Chapter 1, Sutra 5
It is like the story of a one eyed man, coming to a country of blind people. Naturally he sees with one eye and the blind don’t see at all. The blind don’t see that it is sunlight and there is a river on the way. They have a different way of functioning. The man with one eye sees. He is trying to warn them – ‘Don’t do this!’ and these blind people for ages have been doing like that and they have survived and carried on. The one eyed man gets on their nerves – every time trying to correct them, advice them. It reaches such a pitch, that they decide that they should kill this one eyed man. He is a nuisance. So they all get together to murder him. The poor one eyed man starts running – luckily he has one eye. He escapes. That’s the story by H. G. Wells. The Citta is the problem.
There was this saintly person who would visit from village to village. Whenever he saw there was something required to be done, he would start doing that activity. If there was no well in a village, he would educate the people about its importance and get them to dig the well. One fine day the well was ready and they arranged a function to felicitate this man. But this man disappeared. This man didn’t want any appreciation. He did his duty, experienced ‘Anand’ (bliss) and left the place. He didn’t want praise, he didn’t want criticism. What a strong trait! Whereas we do a little and look around for appreciation. We have to increase the Aklishta and ultimately even they have to be overcome. Citta Vrriti Nirodah.
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