The Vibhuti Pada is the third chapter of the Yoga Sûtras of Patanjali. In addition to explaining the last three steps in the eight-fold path (concentration, meditation and spiritual freedom), it also explains the qualities that may be acquired from practice.
These qualities are not the obvious physical and mental benefits we look for in everyday practice, but are super powers derived from intense insight into the self and the world around you.
As we progress in practice, many benefits come (super or not), but may come in different degrees and at different times for different people. It is very easy to feel good or bad about our abilities and judge others in their lack or abundance thereof. So, in this chapter are also the reminders to keep focused on our one true goalthe enlightening of our own spiritand not to get caught in the mental and/or egoic traps that are sure to come.
The practice of yoga is as a razors edge, and in every moment we must be aware and vigilant.
Discussion of the Vibhuti Pada of the Yoga Sûtras will be at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Pranayama Yoga Studio, 517 E. State St. Cost is $10. For more information, call (815) 968-9642 or visit www.yogarockford.com.
from the Aug. 22-28, 2007, issue