Satya – Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

Pada II. Sutra 36
Satya pratisthayam kriya phala asrayatvam
From reversing to stability of truthfulness,
all actions quickly results in their fruits.

Satya is the second of the five observances (yama – literally deaths) to obtain through meditation and increased self-awareness.

To be completely truthful is impossible when our mind is clouded with unconscious thinking and inherited patterns that contradicts our deeper truth.
We are brought up in a society that early teaches us that we have to strive to be something other than what we are in this moment. We inherit patterns both from our parents and the tendency of our ancestors and from the society and country we live in and the world as a whole.

We are taught what is good and bad behavior, which emotions are accepted to show and feel, which ones are not, what schools is more beneficial or prestigious to attend and which jobs would be more secure or maybe give us fame and fortune.

A lot of our choices are made from ambitions and outer expectations, expectations which we internalize and make our own the older we get. We end up believing we have chosen what we wanted all the way, but we were conditioned and might have ended up in a place where we are not entirely happy. Or maybe have made the choices that feels good also on a deeper level, but still we are not quite happy as our mind has a tendency to continue to search for something else or something more.

When we go within and start releasing the thought patterns and subconscious beliefs we have inherited, we get more in touch with our true selves and with our true desires. We let go of our fear of being fully who we are and we let go of the fear of making choices from our heart.

The more we let go of these layers holding us back, the more our inner truth shines through, the more truthful we can be towards our selves, how we live our lives and how we choose to present our selves to others.

“This sutra means that we no longer undermine our thoughts, speech, desires and actions by self-contradictory and self-destructive thoughts, speech, desires and actions. Therefore, whatever we do, we receive full support from all the Laws of Nature; all desires are quickly fulfilled.”
“The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” Translation and commentary by MSI


“In the light of steady self-awareness, inner energies wake up and work miracles without any effort on your part”
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj


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