In the previous aphorisms, after having told us the type of aspirants set out to achieve mastery on thier mind and its modifications, Sage Patanjali tells us about importance of a strong desire for goal in the journey to achieve this mastery.
Patanjali invests two sutras to emphasize the crucial importance of the desire for attaining victory over the mind. He emphasizes that victory cannot be given; it can only be earned.
(tivra samvega asannah)
Translation: Those who pursue their practices with intensity of feeling, vigour, and firm conviction achieve concentration and the fruits thereof more quickly, compared to those of medium or lesser intensity.
मृदुमध्याधिमात्रत्वात् ततोऽपि विशेषः॥२२॥
(mridu madhya adhimatra tatah api visheshah)
Translation:For those with intense practices and intense conviction there are three more subdivisions of practice, those of mild intensity, medium intensity, and intense intensity.
My perception of these sutras is that Sage Patanjali not only is guiding us about the goal of achieving the goaal of masteery over one’s mind but also gives us a very important lesson for achieing our other goals in life. His views and the precise words used in aphorisms are a perfect lesson about amount and degree of intense desire while achieving goals in our life. Modern day struggles for success and other visions in life can be very aptly decoded by the above sutras.
As we know, behind any accomplishment there is always a force of desire that pushes us towards struggling to achieve our goals. The strength of our desire determines how easily we will attain your goal. It determines how easy it will be to overcome obstacles when they arise and indicates what kind of aspirant you are.
Sage Patanjali speaks about 3 levels of aspirants:
The fastest progress towards our spiritual goals grow out of nonattachment. This is the opposite of our modern conception of achievement. We most often see achievement as following passion, desire, and drive. Applying Sage Patanjali’s principle for success would definitely reduce our stress but help us hang on with our goals.
Love, Light, Peace and Success to all.
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