Yoga Sutra 20

Sutra 20

The seer is pure consciousness. He witnesses nature without being reliant on it.

When I focus on this sutra and pray about where to begin looking for links within the Bible. I am let to focus on the Holy Spirit. The “seer” is all aspects of God including the Holy Spirit, that is not flesh and not reliant on nature. Iyengar even alludes to this stating that this sutra is describing the nature of the soul. “Intelligence clouds consciousness in such a way that it comes to identify itself as the true seer and forgets the soul. But if intelligence can keep its power of discernment, conscious too will remain uncolored.”
Wisdom comes from God. (I Corinthian 2:12-14) “We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them because they are spiritually discerned”
The more we live through the spirit and surrender to God’s will not our own we are not affected by nature. I think the Bible and this sutra are in agreement.


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