Saturday, February 2, 2013

Practice and all is coming

Since i started practicing the system of Traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, a quotation start pumping out  like the mushrooms in the lawns between the pages i linked, the articles i red and videos i watched.
A quotation very famous, especially in Ashtanga yoga community is not other than 
" Practice and all is coming "
Back then i couldn't understand the depth of the meaning but slowly slowly i become to understand. Shri. K. Pattabhi Jois was a scholar of Indian philosophy & yoga ancient scriptures as  well of the Sanskrit literature. I believe this background helped him to come with this simple sentence contained by 5 words.
As far as i can understand, " Practice and all is coming " has a non definition of  a time period (is a whole life process) and then (suddenly) the understanding is finally there (maybe never left us at all , it was all there from the very beginning) 
Like if you are digging in a well, is an action and a process that you apply and don't stop until you dig enough where the water is. In this process, the action is the digging ( this is the practice ), as far down you go the well becomes more and more dark (these are the doubt moments and fears that you face ) , you continue to dig even you never know what is really your progress ( that is when you have gain control of the modification of the mind ) 
and suddenly in one hit, the water start to spurt, and you can feel all over you. You are There , and just one hit before you where Nowhere! Oh what a joy...

The last nights before i sleep i read one or two of Patanajali's Sutras. 
The Yoga Sutras are divided into 4 chapters of divine spiritual wisdom. 
In the first chapter, that is called Samadhi Pada , there on the 13 and 14 Sutra lies  a link to the famous quotation. So here they are with a small commentary  :

" tatra sthitau yatno'bhyāsaḥ "

There, Abhyasa (practice) is the effort to remain steady and calm in mind (in the state of nirodha)

Shri. K Pattabhi Jois  in his famous sentence is giving the absolute simplicity of a great wisdom...
A continue practice is taking place when we become eternally watchful, mindful and like this we can control our thoughts, our words & actions.
 " sa tu dīrghakāla nairantarya satkāra-ādara-āsevito dṛḍhabhūmiḥ "

That (cessation), being served for a long time, without interruption, and with earnestness, becomes firmly grounded. 

Why is so difficult we, the people of modern times to apply it in our daily routine?
If we just think, with what intensity of an effort and without interruptions we apply to catch our "deadlines" at work.
Or how focused and faithful we can be to our goals of ' having a new apartment or a new car '. We can find a tremendous power that lies within. If we can apply this energy to a spiritual practice, just one practice from the thousands that exists, maybe we can enter really to our life.  
Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois 


  1. Haven't mentioned yet how excited i am to find you blogging Sissy, enjoying your posts love the simple clean look of it too

    1. hahaha simple? huh? i start this blog because chaos is taking over my head....! Really thank you very much Anthony, much appreciated !