“One has to abandon conveniences of life, give up your belongings and becoming a monk,” might be the thought of many. One has to sacrifice comfort in the altar of asceticism, so that enlightenment would dawn. To experience bliss that passes understanding, one has to give up everything...
Does this all resonate with our inner truth? Or does it feel somehow contradictory?
Countless yogis through the ages has given everything to achieve enlightenment. They have trimmed their bodies to become bendable to the most complex postures. Some have been meditating in mountain caves isolated for decades, only a thin cloth to keep them warm. But only a few has reached the highest state of consciousness. Why?
Can one find bliss through forcing, focusing, lashing one self, through physical or mental violence? Is the natural condition of the human being, innocent and effortless living here and now, to be found through force? Or could it be possible to walk the path to higher states of consciousness and to the gates of enlightenment effortlessly and easily, one experiencing deeper levels of being, without violent control of the mind and body?
Ascension is extremely simple yet very effective way to permanently expand our consciousness. No forcing, no trying, no control. Using the minds natural tendency and an effective tool to experience life more here and now.
Maharishi Patanjali, a fully enlightened individual, wrote Yoga Sutras about 5000 year ago. Purpose of these sutras are to support anyone who reaches for the enlightenment towards achieving the goal. Sutras are short and concise statements that describe the path, in which individual unites the personal lower self with the higher Self; with the Divine spark that resides in all of us. It describes the process of Ascension or how to rise beyond the experience of the Waking State of duality into the state of non-changing Unified Consciousness; full enlightenment. With in the book are descriptions of states of consciousness: Ascendant Consciousness, Perpetual Ascendant Consciousness, Exalted Ascendant Consciousness, Unified Ascendant Consciousness.
Maharishi Sadasiva Isham translated and commented the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali from the same perspective of consciousness as Patanjali. The commentary is a statement of pure consciousness, without the clouding effect of the lower self. MSI’s experience of consciousness makes the commentary simple to read, and it resonates with the Divine part of our Self. It serves as a great inspiration for all of us who are walking the path towards the highest state of consciousness.
"The prime problem area of all the commentaries is in the interpretation of the key verses that makes the practice of Yoga seem complicated or difficult or suitable only for those that are renunciates -- those that have dedicated their entire lives to being monks or nuns. With this as the standard interpretation of this system of mental development, small wonder that Yoga has been considered valueless by many in the West! Who wants to give up all enjoyment of life to realize enlightenment? Give up enjoyment to realize Infinite Bliss? It even sounds absurd! Fortunately, it is absurd. It is not necessary; it is actually easier to continue with a regular, balanced life in the world and add the effortless and natural techniques to Ascend from Waking State and to accomplish Union. The mind is quickly absorbed by the experience of the Infinite when it has the use of valid techniques for the growth of consciousness; it is never laborious, difficult or slow process...Yoga, properly understood, is not a system of giving up life.It is a system of adding to life".
MSI -The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, A New Translation and Commentary
Written by Nagendra Ishaya