Kapilāsana - Dedicated to Sage Kapila, 5th Century BC, credited as the founder of Samkhya Yoga - one of the Six Darshans (systems) of Indian philosophy. 🌟
Samkhya establishes a consistent dualism between matter (Prakriti)🌏and eternal spirit (purusha) ☀️. However in the course of evolution purusha becomes entangled in prakriti and mistakingly identifies with aspects of the material world. The whole process of the Yoga journey is the disentangling of this mistaken identity. 🎭
If we observe new born babies up until the age of about two, we see that they appear to be in a state of Oneness with the world. Then the ego develops and the sense of individuality and the words, "me and mine". With individuality comes apparent separation and with that comes fear - the fear of that which is 'mine' being taken away from 'me'. Ultimately it is the fear of death of me that strikes the heart of all humans.
We live in a world of duality and society conditions us to go deeper into this mistaken identity. We identify with our careers, our education, our relationships, our bodies, our house, our car, our money and our achievements. We are praised for becoming more of an individual and success is measured by the amount of things we have.
Yet when we examine our lives, we all have this sense of, "I AM", that Consciousness that has been there since the beginning. That was there when we had a baby's body, a child's, as teenagers and as adults. That Presence has been there as jobs have come and gone, as money, relationships and everything else has come and gone. So, on a deeper level, when we are aware enough to sense it, we all know that we are not any of these things. This is Samkhya philosophy. This is Yoga philosophy. 🙏
So even if we believe that we are all One; that there is a Unity and interconnectedness in all of the Universe, the philosophy of Samkhya has a very practical and tangible application. We can all practice that in each and every moment. Whenever you find yourself identifying with a thought, a belief, a feeling, remember that you ARE the ONE who is AWARE of those ever changing elements and who you TRULY are is the purusha - PURE AWARENESS. 💕