the standstill state



We we use the term “standstill” we usually think of stagnation and the need to move forward. In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras the term “standstill state” has another meaning. The Yoga Sutras’ objective is to lead us to an understanding of the dynamic of conditioned consciousness so as to then allow this dynamic to subside of its own accord.

The key technical term around which all of the Sutras circle is the term >>vrtti<<, and it basically means the form which conditioned consciousness takes as it acts itself out through the individual small self (ego). Continue reading