Yoga Sutra 4 (book 2)

Sutra Part 2:4

Avidya ksetram uttaresam prasupta tanu vicchinna udaranam.

Lack of true knowledge is the source of all pains and sorrows whether dormant, attenuated, interrupted or fully active.

Patanjali states that true knowledge is spiritual knowledge, so I have based my reflections upon this truth.

The Bible says how important it is to have both relationship with and knowledge of God and his word. Romans 11:33-36 NIV states the reward and importance of this sutra. “ Oh, the depths of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments and his paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? Who has even given to God that God should repay him? For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be all the glory forever! Amen.” When we spend time learning about and getting to know God he blesses us and when we are separate from him we are lonely, empty.

Another great passage about how our lack of Gods will affect our lives comes from Ephesians 5:9:15-18 “Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil Therefore do not be foolish but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” Again I believe that the Bible and Sutra 2:4 are in agreement.