3.56 Thus, when purity of the individual flawlessly mirrors the purity of Pure Awareness (purusha), liberation (as complete independence – kaivalya) comes into being.
Regardless of using meditative integration (samyama) and its results, or pure discernment (viveka) without any attainments (siddhis), reaching the utmost clarity leads into complete freedom (kaivalya). This utmost clarity is the final step in regulating one’s ways of being (vrtti). First, the ways of being are noticed, then their helpfulness is assessed. The next step consists of regulating the ways of being and favoring the beneficial ones. Eventually, all the ways of being are released uncovering the natural state of complete awareness that mirrors absolute awareness. In the example of a movie projector, the lens, the film, the screen, and everything in the projection room is free from any blockages that might prevent the uninterrupted flow of light to animate the film. Similarly, at this stage in the journey, all misidentification (avidya) has been released. All past impressions (samskaras) have been resolved, with no new tendencies developing (vasanas). Consequently, actions are not attached to any expectation or consequences (karma). All participation in the flow of life happens according to the unimpeded flow of pure awareness through the practitioner’s body, mind and emotions. This is abiding in one’s natural state, one’s true nature (1.3).
What is your natural state?
What is conducive for you to be in that natural state?
As usual, one more way of exploring the meaning of this sutra is by chanting it.
You can choose to chant it in its traditional form with some of the words coming together:
3.56 sattvapuruṣayoḥ śuddhisāmye kaivalyam
सत्त्वपुरुषयोः शुद्धिसाम्ये कैवल्यम् ॥५६॥
Another option is to chant each word in the sutra individually:
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This is an excerpt from the book Unravel the thread: Applying the ancient wisdom of yoga to live a happy life