Palanyadi S Yoga Sphorisms

It does not seem that the minds of feeling and of desire have been taken into account in the Eastern systems of thinking. The evidence of this is to be found in the four books of Patanjali's Yoga Aphorisms, and in the various commentaries on that ancient work.

Patanjali is probably the most esteemed and representative of India's philosophers. His writings are profound. But it seems probable that his true teaching has been either lost or kept secret; for the delicately subtle sutras that bear his name would seem to frustrate or make impossible the very purpose for which they are ostensibly intended.

How such a paradox could persist unquestioned through the centuries is to be explained only in the light of what is put forth in this and later chapters concerning feeling
and desire in the human.

The Eastern teaching, like other philosophies, is concerned with the mystery of the conscious self in the human body, and the mystery of the relation between that self and its body, and nature, and the universe as a whole.

But the Indian teachers do not show that they know what this the conscious self the atman, the purusha, the embodied doer is, as distinguished from nature:

No clear distinction is made between the doer-in-the-body and the body which is of nature.

The failure to see or to point out this distinction is evidently due to the universal misconception or misunderstanding of feeling and desire.

It is necessary that feeling and desire be explained at this point.

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