Ishvara Pranidhana

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This is the last of the niyamas listed by Patanjali in the Yoga-sutras. Ishvara is translated as Supreme Being, God, the Creator, Ultimate Reality, or True Self. Pranidhana means to fixate, surrender, or dedicate. Practicing Ishvara Pranidhana is similar to karma-yoga. As with karma-yoga, we detach from our egoistic tendencies and sensory desires when performing our duties, and we focus on our task. Doing this, our task becomes more meditative, which brings us closer to our True Self.

It is a noble act to detach from our ego and selfish desires because then we are not only interested in doing things that we know we are good at. Tasks are not chosen based on confidence; the concern is not with winning a prize. It’s less likely that you will take on projects that only benefit yourself. Instead, you may choose projects that benefit the whole.

Brahma Indian, Pahari, about 1700…

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