In yoga philosophy there is the concept of Purusha and Prakriti. The way I like to think of it is that Purusha is everything that doesn’t change, and Prakriti is everything else. The thing that doesn’t change is your inner light, your True Self. That’s Purusha. What’s great about this concept is that it’s a good way to stay on the path of seeing your self and your world in a good light. That’s because the unchanging Self, the full of light and everything good self, is really us. It’s the good us. The person we love to be and know we are. Prakriti is temporary, impermanent, not solid. Sometimes, when things aren’t going so well we can end up defining who we are by our temporary state of mind. If I am angry or frustrated or sad, it’s easy to think, “I’m a sad person”, or “I’m an angry person.” But, those emotions are temporary. Purusha never changes. Our True Self never changes.
For me, it helps me to get through the experiences and emotional times that are harder to deal with. I remind myself that these states are temporary, and I try to learn something about myself during those times, and work to see my True Innate Self. That unchanging Self that is in me, and in everyone. Maybe that’s something you can try as well.
Take care – John
A few weeks ago I went with some friends to the Adirondacks to camp at Putnam Pond State Park. I’d never been there before, and it was really great. We decided we wanted to hike up Treadway Mountain (none of us had ever been up it before), and the best way to get to the trailhead was to paddle across Putnam Pond. So, we all made the relatively short paddle across the pond, left the boats, and started working our way up the Mountain. It took about an hour, and when we got to the top the view was truly magnificent. We could see almost completely around us, and everywhere we looked was beauty — mountains, trees, lakes. Really incredible.
For people who have been to the top of a mountain, or seen any kind of natural beauty, it’s a wonderful feeling. To me it feels like all the beauty on the outside is erupting on the inside. I guess other people feel that way, too, since I found this nice sutra from the Radiance Sutras (aka Vijnana Bhairava Tantra) about that very thing.
Go to a wide open space,
Gaze without looking anywhere,
The mind stops its building of thoughts,
And rests on its own foundations –
Which is that immensity.
The light that you see by
Is the light that comes from Inside.
I really love the last stanza. I like to think of it as when you see some kind of beauty, it’s just a reminder of all the beauty you have within yourself.
Here is a hip/back opener class, about an hour, with this theme in mind. Leave a comment below with your thoughts.
Take care — John
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