Recently I got a sarcastic comment to one of my posts, and it hurt. My own sense of well being is fragile, child-like, prone to suffering.
I know that one day I will get to the graduate level where "I am independent of the good or bad opinions of others" (as Chopra would put it), but so far I am dealing with what is, keeping it real on what I feel, and it is not there yet. So it hurts. My own human make-up is tender.
On further reflection, I notice now that this person was not there to hurt me with the comment (which was not at this blog by the way) but rather to facilitate my understanding of my favorite sutra of this week, II.16, in very practical terms:
II.16 Suffering that is yet to manifest is to be avoided
I could have gotten mad with the "commentator" and attack him back, instead I replied by saying that I "got" the sarcasm part, and that I thought he was a good writer. I put the focus on the positive part of his comment (he could write) and removed "me" (the sarcasm intended to hurt me) as much as possible. I prevented further pain for me and let him save his ego perhaps preventing further pain on his part? that I cannot control, but the attempt was made.
Just by being careful in relationships with others and ensuring that we are not hurting their already fragile sense of being we can prevent further pain, not all of it, but we can try.
Just by putting the attention on the yoga sutras the universe seems to send "messages", it folds and unfolds itself in ways that provide further interpretation, or maybe you may argue, I am deluded and in serious need of a teacher. I find that learning a new sutra is as difficult as learning a new asana.
So here is my singing Book II, Sutras 1 through 16:
I started with Book 2 for practical reasons. Here is the first post on this series that includes the resources I am using.