“For those who have an intense urge for spirit and wisdom, it sits near them, waiting.”
How did people thousands of years ago preserve the spiritual wisdom they received? Long before they had the means to record their words on stone, cloth, or papyrus, they spoke, remembered, and shared. Just as the written texts of the Abrahamic traditions began as shared stories passed down by word-of-mouth, so also did the philosophies of the East also begin as oral traditions.
In ancient India and many Asian cultures, the spiritual wisdom of the ages took the form of sutras, brief words and phrases that carried all the beauty and meaning that masters had received from Source. With time, sutras containing spiritual wisdom as well as wisdom from other areas of human knowledge were collected and recorded for study by future generations.
Sutra comes from the Sanskrit word meaning “thread.” A thread can be both a line of thought to be followed and something to be woven together to form a whole. These threads of wisdom have been collected and preserved over the ages, and when properly instilled, they convey powerful spiritual messages.
In a sense, the sutras are a secret code. Their significance and meaning have been condensed and compressed over time so that the simplest single word contains worlds of wisdom and experience. The sutras are passed on from teacher to student as part of a meditation practice. For the student, the receiving of the sutras results in a profound opportunity to grow in spirit and ultimately connect to Source.
Ancient Indian Sutras in Modern Times
What can the sutras mean for the modern student of ancient spiritual wisdom? They can provide access to higher realms of consciousness and unleash the magnificent gifts and powers that are uniquely yours. The sutras can help release and heal past trauma, empower creativity, deepen meditation practice, and enable the student to initiate to higher realms of Spirit.
The Sutras and Meditation
One vital component of being open to the wisdom of the sutras is a strong meditation practice. Although there are many different ways to meditate, I have found that the best method for spiritual advancement is through the practice of mantra meditation.
The Sutras and Mantras
A mantra is a syllable or word that is repeated internally in order to focus your mind. It is a powerful, ancient, “seed” sound that can carry you into a deep state of meditation. In the midst of your deep meditation, the wisdom of the sutras can be “seeded” into the fertile soil of your consciousness.
Within this process, you raise not only your own energy vibration, but the vibrations of those in your environment—your family, friends, and co-workers—as well as sending out positive pulsations to the world at large. As you raise your own consciousness, you help to heal the world.
The Sutras and Patanjali Yoga
If are one of the people Patanjali describes with “an intense urge for spirit and wisdom,” discovering the secrets of the sutras may be the path you are looking for. Of course, Patanjali is playfully referring to all of humanity, for who is not seeking the joy of growing in spirit and wisdom?
Patanjali, who lived in India most likely in the first to third centuries BCE, was author of the Yoga Sutras and is considered the founder of the tradition of meditation. As this beloved master of ancient India assures you, spirit and wisdom are not hiding—they sit near you, waiting for your respectful attention.
The sutras provide the fastest and most sure-footed path to making a massive shift in your energy that will affect every aspect of your life in a positive, heart-opening way. I invite you to join me for a new course in sutra wisdom—Be a Modern Master: Unlocking the Spiritual Science of Ancient India—beginning soon.
At the heart of the course is the unlocking of the ancient secrets of the sutras, leading you on the spiritual adventure of a lifetime.
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