What is yoga : Philosophy

Sophia, says Stiener is the wisdom which ancient ones would literally "breathe" the experience of being. So he says, when our ancestors would observe an object, they would bring it to consciousness as one would inhale and accompanied with the biological breath, the knowing of the experience also being breathed in. Philo, can be known to be specialisation. In the mainstream you may understand philosophy to be bundled thought concepts and paradigms of belief systems and reductive arguments, however the living study of wisdom in my mind speaks to pramanani from sūtra 1.7 of Patañjāli. The epistemic theory of knowledge in which pramanani is the direct experience of knowing, proported by scholar Hareesh Wallis to be the most emphasised important method of cultivating knowledge. In this understanding, studying other 'philosophers' theories, is not actually the practice of philosophia, but to inhale their claims into your own experience to test its validity is the practice. I cynically see a world where people inhale other's ideas not understanding or even aware they've swallowed an idea whole and not actually digested it. This is not nourishing. When we look at systematic conditions which try to formulate and form us into boxes we understand why this is. When we 'breathe' in experiences with our full presence and awareness we are deemed mad or at best a maverick by our unconscious oppressions which upload systemic dominance of the unconscious ideas we simply breathed in without metabolising. This is usually the point when people either burn the seed of an unconscious impression (samskara), or more often, dive deeper into the idea and try to formulate meagre defences such as logic (usually skewed by the initial misapprehension "i never actually breathed this in in the first place and digested let alone truly tasted it's source"). So every moment particularly in the phases of the inhaling experience are chances to witness a freshly unharboured presence bound by latent mental impressions. Shyam Ranganthan alludes the Western imperial impositions to manifest oppressions through domination of thought concepts carried since Plato and Aristotle in the Western tradition. He claims much of the thought since Socrates was bound up in appeasing the states unconscious tendency to simply interpret based on it's own logical understanding and not subject to the radical redressing of limited beliefs possible in the practice of pramanani. Shyam speaks of explication which I still have difficulty explaining (and therefore likely explicating/moving through unblemished understanding myself). But I will venture to try. Interpretation is bound by my limited beliefs, and not this would be understanding with another set of beliefs. So in order to explicate, I must be able and willing to drop my own understanding, and at the very least know what my former interpretations were. I must be able to do the work of dismantling my own beliefs and this requires study which comes from an attitude of humility. Not an attitude embraced in the West. The practices of meditation preparation can naturally bring us back to an inherent reality where we are not confined in the staunch beliefs of our former knowing. Patañjāli also gives us a view of the vritti smriti (one of 5 streams of consciousness, specifically memory). Does memory happen in the infinite present? That's an idea worth breathing in and out. I would not be able to give and answer on that you see. You can only work with knowing (or unknowing) that your own self. My feeling and exploration currently is that I can experience memory in the present which is when my conscious becomes bound in vritti. But yoga is the cessation of these streams of consciousness, where they are stilled. So I can form memories of a moment, and even be in the memory and not necessarily the moment. I might be in the vritti of formulating of identifying the memory and not the moment unblemished by my vritti function of memory formation or revisiting. The simplicity of this is the hard bit. Can I sit for a minute and look and feel without accessing memories in lieu of drawing in the fresh aliveness of this impermanent phenomena arising and dissolving before me? For us conditioned heavily by the Western impositions we were spawned from, we can take great benefit from the course in miracles lesson one! Sitting for five minutes looking non discriminately around and affirming, this *blank* doesn't mean anything. Simple, theory but practice is the juicy bit. If we can sit and affirm this without question, I posit that we can begin to practice explicating the environment and ideas through which we can reframe. Happy practicing unknowing and disintegrating your preset conditions to see a clearer reality and those threads into the infinite presence! Flatpack philosophy it is not!



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