But back to my point on how Lasater turns Sanskrit into words that make sense. In one chapter, she explains Yoga Sutra 2:5 which states, “anitya-ashuci-duhkha-anatmasu-nitya-shuci-sukha-atma-khyatir-avidya,” or in English, “Nescience is the seeing of that which is eternal, pure, joyful and the Self in that which is ephemeral, impure, sorrowful, and the non-self.” I mean....what? Like seriously, that could be from a William Shakespeare sonnet. Thankfully, Lasater translates this Sutra into understandable English: “when we…think [we] will remain the same, we do not understand impermanence” (Lasater page 95). She then goes on to discuss how the only thing certain in life is change. Ah ha! I get it now: the Sutra is really saying: "change = good."
There are so many tidbits of wisdom in this book, but they're all presented in such a humble and "take what you will" fashion that really resonated with me. The book was also a pretty quick read. I read it cover-to-cover (or start to end on my Kindle) over about a week's worth of 30 minute metro commutes. Side note on the Kindle app: a nice feature is that it lets you highlight passages and take notes that you can then easily search for after the fact.
Anywho, if you haven't done so already, I HIGHLY encourage you get a copy of this book and read your heart out. It's sure to leave a lasting impression.
Happy reading, loves!
I’m Anahita Reilly, a Type-A, native Northern Virginian, happiness lover. This blog evolved out of my longstanding desire to share this beautiful thing called yoga with others. Click here to read more...