The ancient text of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras begins with a simple yet profound line: “. . . And now, yoga.” Why does it start with just half a sentence? It is because one comes to yoga only when they realize that their desire is essentially for the limitless and nothing else will truly fulfill them.
Human desire is an insatiable force that often leads to greed, conquest, and ambition. Yet, deep down, every individual is fundamentally seeking boundless expansion. However, most people are unaware of the true nature of their longing. They continue to believe that the attainment of material possessions, power, and relationships will bring them contentment.
But those who have explored these avenues and still find themselves unfulfilled, are ready for yoga. Yoga is the conscious expression of one’s longing for boundless expansion. It is the practice of realizing that the true fulfillment of our desire lies within ourselves, rather than external possessions or relationships.
Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras are a profound document on the yogic sciences, and the opening line serves as a reminder to all seekers of the ultimate truth. The Sanskrit sutra, “atha yoga anusasanam,” translates to “Now the discipline of yoga.” It is an invitation to begin the inward journey towards discovering one’s true nature and the boundless potential within.
In a world where material possessions and achievements are often prioritized, yoga provides a powerful antidote to the perpetual state of insufficiency that humans experience. By practicing yoga, one can connect with their inner self, cultivate a deeper understanding of their true nature, and experience boundless joy and fulfillment.
So, let us heed the call of the Yoga Sutras and begin the discipline of yoga, with the intention of discovering the limitless potential that lies within each of us.