On any endeavor to further discover ourselves, we come to a place where we look for answers from holy scripture – be it the Bible, Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, or many other worldly works of holy scripture and self-exploration. In the Sutras, we are reminded of the yamas and niyamas, the ten guiding principles to living a yogic life. Among those ten principles is the niyama, Svadhyaya. Svadhyaya is the practice of self-study; searching for the true self. We can begin this study by examining and understanding the words written in the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and other works. Often, the wisdom of those who have come before us appears outdated or no longer relevant because we live in a world where time is a blur and thought travels at the speed of light (as in the fact you are reading thoughts of someone else right now!). However, the challenge is not that the texts are outdated or the paths of virtue others have traveled are no longer available to us; the paths are different now but contain the same truths.
Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do – they all contain truths.
Whatever scripture a person studies, the path of yoga is one of self-study, growth, accepting change, and equanimity. We, as yogis and perpetual students, will continue to learn and our learning will take us closer to our path. Studying anything that elevates our mind, our experience in this world and allows us to share joy, love and wisdom while turning away from the things that cause suffering and discontent will foster our growth both on and off the mat.
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- Order in Yama and Niyama (teachingsofmasters.wordpress.com)
- A Simple Inquiry: Yoga and Nature (freerangeyogini.wordpress.com)
- What prevents us from doing yoga? (yogagirlsherri.wordpress.com)