Pravritti is a Sanskrit term derived from the root word, pra, meaning “different,” and vrtti representing citta vritti, or the mind’s thoughts. The term refers to one of two possible life paths as defined in yoga and Hinduism, with the other possible path being nivritti. Sometimes these are seen as the path of action (pravritti) versus the path of knowledge (nivritti).
Pravritti is the path of directing action and focus toward the external world and, therefore, is the path that yogis follow most of the time when they are living in the material world. On this path, attention is directed toward worldly things such as possessions, career and income. In contrast, nivritti is the path of turning inward to more spiritual contemplation, perhaps with more focus on God or the Divine.
“Where does the “physical” world come from? Matter at its smallest observable form, atoms, pop in and out of existence all the time. The idea that physical matter is birthed from a non physical realm, such as the “quantum vacuum” or the “void”, or something else we are unaware of is not novel. Nikola Tesla himself believed that “all perceptible matter comes from a primary substance, or tenuity beyond conception, filling all space, the akasha, or luminiferous ether, which is acted upon by the life-giving Prana or creative force, calling into existence, in never-ending cycles all things and phenomena.” (Man’s Greatest Achievement, 1907)” ~ Article
Formless yet form dimensional space adhering to scaled indeterminates Beyond time and space there exist a great void, where nothingness and potential thrives. Learning curves humongous passing through embryonic dualities In the spiritual dimension, we are part of the all as we become conscious of the one mind. In the third dimension, we limit energy and it’s potential Through manifested and unmanifested planes There is a spiritual dimension in everything Stretching us to look at angles and points from different vantages, garnering new gems and blessings In our indefinable existence, we yearn for knowledge, energy, and grounding And at every step, the spirit silently calls whispering softly and we listen, we desire and to desire is to live Once geometry had been an escape from the inefficiency of space Spiritual beings having a human experience in the most beautiful garden in the univese called earth And yet we do not inherit from our ancestors, we borrow from our children Williamson said spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and acceptance of love, spirituality is peace Realizing the presence behind these words is the divine plan unfolding, the knower and the known synergised.
“The mind is always trying to make sense of the world. There are many different way of making sense of the world, some very low-quality, some very high-quality. You can take conscious control of the sense-making process or let it unfold unconsciously. Unconsciously is the default choice of most minds. In this case your mind will never develop a robust understanding of the world. But your mind won’t stop there, it will still seek understanding, and so it will fall prey to ideologies and other sense-making schemes designed by selfish, greedy, fearful, and power-hungry minds who seek to manipulate and exploit you. Since you did not take conscious control of the process, your mind will be brainwashed with a warped understanding of the world that serves the selfish interests of those in power.
As they say, nature abhors a vacuum. Your mind will not simply sit around happily without sense-making. If you are lazy and irresponsible about this — if you don’t pursue high-quality sense-making — your mind will absorb the toxic sense-making of others.
This is how evil happens. You have been warned.
The path of conscious sense-making is a life-long commitment that you practice every day. It will consume thousands of hours of your free time. But the benefit will be immunity from all forms of toxic and selfish belief systems.”
Krama is a Sanskrit term meaning “succession.” This can denote a step-by-step progression or a sequence of events.
In yoga, this word is most commonly used to refer to vinyasa krama. Vinyasa krama is an asana practice that flows with the breath and takes a sequential approach in order to achieve a specific goal or intention. Typically, this goal is a more advanced or complex asana. Often, this type of yoga is referred to simply as vinyasa, or flow yoga.
It is said that vinyasa krama practice is beneficial because it helps students to align themselves with the flowing and evolving nature of the universe, rather than being caught in the mindset of seeing each asana as a separate event that’s disconnected from the rest of the practice.
“Who wrote the Tao Te Ching? Lao Tzu, widely considered to be the father of Taoism. What is Taoism, you might ask? A quick Google search reveals the following from BBC:
Taoism is an ancient tradition of philosophy and religious belief that is deeply rooted in Chinese customs and worldview.
Taoism is about the Tao. This is usually translated as “the Way.” But it’s hard to say exactly what this means. The Tao is the ultimate creative principle of the universe. All things are unified and connected in the Tao.
From what I gather, Taoism is a set of spiritual beliefs related to how one should live their life. It seems closely related to zen philosophy. Here’s a bit more on the subject:
And who was this Lao Tzu?
[He] was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer. He is the reputed author of the Tao Te Ching, the founder of philosophical Taoism, and a deity in religious Taoism and traditional Chinese religions.
From my limited internet research, there seems to be much suspicion that — like Homer of the Odyssey or (dare I say it) Jesus of the Bible — Lao Tzu is a mythical character and that the Tao Te Ching was likely a compilation of many authors from the time of the 6th century BC.
Despite his mythology, there are some theories about the fabled Lao Tzu’s life. It’s posited that Lao Tzu was a friend and peer of the famous Chinese philosopher Confucius. You might know Confucius for such sage quotes such as “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated,” or “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Many stories claim that Confucius sought out Lao Tzu’s advice from a young age and was deeply impressed with the older man’s wisdom.
The Tao Te Ching explained In Chinese, “tao” means “path,” “te” means “virtue,” “ching” means “ancient text.” So this book is an ancient Chinese text that lays out the path to virtue (in the eyes of the likely mythical Lao Tzu). It reads something like the Bible from an ideas perspective, but with a definite zen/anti-establishment lean. Despite being contrarian for its time, it leaves the reader with a calm, soothed feeling, not agitation.
The entire book is about achieving what Lao Tzu calls “The Great Integrity,” a global society in which we’re governed by strong morals oriented toward humanity, rather than capitalism. It gets vaguely political, which might be unexpected for some.
What I liked about it was that it’s primary call to action was around connecting with our roots in nature and communal groups of humans. Over and over again, it returned to the idea that people and humanity are largely good, which is an incredibly soothing idea in a world saturated with negative media coverage and widely divergent political groups.
Lao Tzu makes the case that, over time, society has been trained to believe that injustices and cruelties are simply part of our nature, which rationalizes why we must compete so fiercely for resources. Instead, he argues that human nature is fundamentally good, and that goodness begets goodness.
Thematically, the Tao Te Ching trends positive. The prose is rich with words like cooperation, altruism, nature, self-actualization, humanity, transcendence, the universe, tranquility, and oneness. Right up my alley.
Notably, it also gets into some interesting topics on the nature of reality, the ego, fragmentation of society and self, as well as our relationship with excess. These are all areas of struggle for me and therefore powerful concepts to explore through philosophy.”