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May 11, 2022

abhyāsa-vairāgya-ābhyāṁ tan-nirodhaḥ

अभ्यासवैराग्याअभ्यांतन्निरोधः

abhyāsa-vairāgya-ābhyāṁ tan-nirodhaḥ

Patanjali Yoga Sutras 1.12

The above-cited Patanjali yoga sutras hold a lot of significance in Yoga, as well as in ourdaily life. Let me explain word by word first, so that you can understand the overallmeaning initially. And then we go for illustrations and explanations for deepestknowledge.

Abhyasa is practice, vairagya is non-attachments, abhyam refers to together, and tan means their(of the five mental modifications of Patanjali), and nirodah means to control or cessation.

Abhyasa-Vairagyabhyam- Tan-Nirodhah meaning

“Practice by non-attachment thus we can control our mental activates”

Practicing Vairagya or non-attachment can help you successfully control the five modulations of themind as explained in the previous Patanjali yoga sutras. The human mind is engaged inthe outside world all the time. The human mind wavers every time, just as the waterflows seamlessly. We can reduce the wavering thoughts (which we struggle to gaincontrol over) through the practice of non-attachment(vairagyabhyasa).

The most simple version of the Sutra is that the persistent practice of non-attachments

and dispassion can help you establish a mental and emotional equilibrium in life. You canstay happy, fulfilled, and mature throughout your life. We can anticipate, that many ofus are not really clear about the concept of non-attachments. Let us look into the non-attachment perspectives in detail.

What comes to your mind when you think of the word attachment? Attachment is like aknot, which is very difficult to untangle. Attachment can be towards anything thatbelongs to a materialistic world, say your family affections members, money, wealth,food, ego, inferiority complex, character, behaviour, attitude, addition, past, and futurelife, or anything else.

A well-known proverb in India, adhikamayalamruthumvisham, however desirable be the commodity, like the divine nectar which can confer immortality will transform into a poison when consumed beyond the limits.

To translate the idea, everything is at its best, only when they are within limits. Food,sleep, love, wealth, money, etc.

How to practice vairagya or Non-attachment?

For example, we all love good food. But once you start overeating, it turns poisonous to your body. Overthinking is equal to overeating; it will make us psychopaths. Overthinking causes restlessness and related problems in human beings. The issues related to overthinking are mainly due to past incidents which are highly affected in our present life. With the help of the Vairagya (non-attachment) practice of Yoga Shastra, we can cure this problem completely.

It is important to practice vairagya in our attachments and relationships also. The absence of our beloved ones will make us sorrowful due to our attachment to this particular person. So, it is relevant to maintain our mental happiness with or without the person’s presence. To make this process easy, we should practice vairagya(non-attachment) in our relationships on a daily basis. Practicing vairagya will help us to maintain mental equilibrium and balancingof our life. Nothing is permanent in this universe even our body as it is perishable one day. So, if we don’t practice non-attachment, the absence of a particular person will lead to self-destruction as well as there are high chances for mental anomalies. Along with the vairagya practice, one can form a narrow gap between the attached persons with the help of the attached-detachment practice which is also referred to as the neutral mind. As a result, people can be free from over-attachment. This process is also applicable to every matter of human life such as the usage of drugs, consumption of alcohol, sleep, sex, etc. The person who practices vairagya or non-attachment habits will survive any issues related to over-attachment.

Other than making a huge effort to overcome the catastrophe which affected our life,  it is more reliable to practice non-attachment, which helps us to survive any disastrous situation. Even the pain or misery affects by the death or permeant quit of any of our beloved people can be conveniently overcome by this practice.

For helping people with issues concerned with relationships and temporal struggles, the yogic science (shastra) put forwards a practice called vairagya (non-attachment).

 

What is Abhyasa?

Abhyasa is a process of encouraging a person’s mind to do whatever he/she wants to explorebeyond the limit. It is an optimistic practice that can make people possible to do things.

Abhyasa is the process of practicing any subject that we take part in consistently without a break.

About the Author

The author of this article, the well-known Yoga GuruYogi GuruRaviji, the founder of Sivasoorya yoga school and Ashram, Kerala, India.His divine school of yoga elevated millions of people across the world with his influential talks and self-repairing methodology. He dedicated his life to the people by providing them with various yoga teacher training courses ranging from 200 hours, 300 hours, and 500 hours.

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