As we seek to see the deep meaning of Yoga Sutra 1.3 ~ Tada drashtuh svarupe avasthanam ~ let’s consider the roots of the Sanskrit words so that you might re-write YOUR version of this foundational sutra.
Tada = the time we commit to getting quiet and looking within. Tada, as I choose to understand the word, is more than just a dot in the day, it is a time of conscious commitment — a time you set aside to commune with yourself, so as to understand the Divine within more deeply. In other words, it is a committed time of devotion to knowing the true you.
Drashtuh = seeking a space where you are ‘the eer’ of yourself from a soul level. It’s the place where you are able to see yourself from an elevated position of non-judgement and neutrality.
You own true form is formless.
Svarupe = your own true nature or essence. As you examine this word very closely you will find that svameans ‘own’ and rupe translates to mean form, thus svarupe represents our own true form, which is formless.
Avasthanam = resting or rooted. The most important part of this word is ‘stha’, which means ‘to stand’. The unspoken meaning of this sutra is that once you are able to ‘see’ yourself as your true self, you will also know what you stand for from a spiritual perspective.
Invitation # 3 ~ Get quiet and look within. Sometimes what that might mean is that you need to look at yourself from afar. Allow yourself to breath yourself quiet, and then imagine that a part of you is rising above you and looking down on the physical you. From a non-physical view, you will become what the yogis for centuries have referred to as being the ‘Seer’
Contemplate your true nature that is without form, only essence. From this perspective, without any of your judgmental or chaotic thoughts, allow yourself to consider your pureness, your innocence and vastness of your uncontained soul self.
Stand, sit or float in your truth . . . and be at peace.
Blessings ~ KC #Seeker