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Yoga's Four Noble Truths

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Tue Apr 19, 2011 4:38 pm

Assuming Buddha lived before Patanjali, the compiler of the Yoga Sutras, it is interesting that virtually the same 4-fold breakdown is found in Yoga Sutras. In chapter two, the Sadhana chapter, the principal commentator Vyasa writes:
What produces this great mass of pain is Ignorance; what causes its annihilation is right vision. As classics of medicine are in four parts: illness, cause of the illness, the healthy condition and the remedy - so this work too has its four parts: samsara, cause of samsara, release, means of release. Of these, samsara with its many pains is what is to be escaped [2:15]; the [ignorant] conjunction of pradhana and Purusha is the cause of what is to be escaped [2:17,24]; liberation is the absolute cessation of the conjunction [2:25]; right vision is the means to liberation [2:26].
From Leggett's Sankara on the Yoga Sutras, page 219.
The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to use it. -- Emerson

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