When we deliberate over the word “self-study,” we think about the reflecting of ourselves, who we are and how we behave. Self-study has an even deeper meaning and that is about the study of the true self. What is that self, what does it mean and what does it stand for, more than just the
Imagine that you have a band around your waist. A band which is attached to strings or lines which are connected to other people or things. This way you are connected to your partner, your children, your father and mother, your brothers and sisters, your family, your friends; both the friends you consider close and those that are at a distance. Some friends
There are also lines with your culture, these are different than the individual lines; sometimes the band around your waist is replaced by a corset, that is to say, a culture corset with a big influence on with whom and with what you are allowed to involve yourself with. For some
The qualities of Purusha
Our lives are constantly subjected to interaction with the world. It is not for nothing that we are subject to Rajas, which is a natural state of being. All lines provide certain expectations and desires of reciprocity and from this frame of reference of associations and emotions behaviour arises; all lines together have an enormous influence on how we behave and how we think about the world. Our band with the world also provides a form of identity, we are someone, we are appreciated, and we are seen. And we want to maintain that. We have a natural tendency to identify with that image. In the yoga philosophy, we are talking about the qualities of purusha. As individuals, we strive for love [Vishnu], for knowledge [Shiva] and for recognition of our power [Durga]. And through the nam [Ganesh] and form [Surya] we can obtain those qualities, or those needs. So we think that through our lines in life we can find satisfaction for our inner needs. This attitude, this way of thinking is constantly moving us towards the external world and so we will do our best to please the world. Our efforts are aimed in particular at increasing the effects [love, knowledge and recognition].
The true inner self
But then who is it that is wearing this band? Who is that “self” that constantly pursues these qualities? Who or what is it that behaves in a way that is ultimately determined by the external world? That allows himself to be determined by the world around him? This study is about the real “Svādhyāya” or the study of the true inner self.
What is it that remains when we go past all these processes and take off the corset, relax the lines and even lay them aside; who or what are you still? This process frightens many
Only you give value to everything in life, no one else can do that for you. The moment we go into deep meditation we are able to transcend our mind. Transcending means that we can let go of the world for a moment and turn ourselves inwards completely. The moment we focus on it, with the right technique and guidance, we are able to rise above it. In such a moment you realize that the
Once you have risen above the mind you notice the turbulence that is naturally there, but you also notice the peace and tranquility that is outside of it. You experience the ego consciousness so intensely that only then you experience what the study of the self entails. A feeling of being limitless, an I-consciousness that at that moment is not related to your body or any other form whatsoever. Then you will find that the knowledge that is hidden in you is just for the taking. So we need to rise above the mind to be able to get to that overflowing river with knowledge. This universal knowledge is present in all of us. The search for and finding of this knowledge is meant when we talk about “self-study,” the study of the true inner self. The self that has started to identify with all the lines that we have developed in this life with the external world. As a result of which we have often forgotten to silence our inner self and to find the power, love
Self-study, Svādhyāya is the most beautiful gift we can give ourselves. The moment we