It is the human condition to focus on the "except for" in life. Patanjali's practice of cultivating the opposite, from Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, remedies that condition. Gurudevi details the practice of cultivating the opposite, with examples and insights based in modern day living. She explains potential pitfalls and the benefits of this powerful and ancient practice.
Gurudevi expounds on her March teachings article, Transcendent Morality. This article describes Patanjali’s practice of cultivating the opposite. When your mind is churned up, cultivating the opposite calms and quiets your mind in only a moment. In the moment that your mind quiets, you experience your true form, the Self. The Self is the Lord of your mind.
Building on the March teachings article, Transcendent Morality, Gurudevi explores the various worlds we create in our lives. Many of us inhabit several different worlds... the world of our family, the world of our profession, the world of our shared beliefs. Gurudevi discusses how you can live in all your worlds fully, from the depths of your being.
Shaktipat initiation sparks the inner arising of Kundalini. Gurudevi explains how the practices described in Patanjali’s 8 Limbs fit within a Shaktipat tradition. If you are not enlightened yet, you need to “work the process” from both directions. Shaktipat works the process from the top-down and self-effort through practice from the bottom-up. Both are necessary to get you there.
Gurudevi asks, “Why doesn’t your mind go toward consciousness?” Because of the imprints in your mind. She describes memories as internal distractions, imprints made of filaments of delusion. Through purification, spiritual insight, and wisdom those memories begin to dissolve. Then you’re able to see and know all the multiple dimensions of your being simultaneously.
Yoga teaches you how to live in this world without mental or emotional disturbances, even while life is challenging. It may be hard to choose to live by this higher standard all the time. But Gurudevi gives you tools to help you react to difficult circumstances so you can attain this goal.