“Happiness is the state of satisfaction and unhappiness if the state of un-satisfaction.” Sayadaw U. Nyanaramsi
The purpose of practicing yoga is not only to maintain the physical beauty, but also to maintain the mental beauty. This can only be achieved with the understanding of spirituality.
Most people think that the fulfilment of satisfaction can be found in the “outside world”. Thus we tend to be “doing” rather than “being”. Doing is expressed by action, yet being is expressed by awareness.
While focusing on “doing things” we don’t know how it feels like to become in peace. However, only within peace we can achieve satisfaction/ happiness by understanding things that thought we cannot do. We automatically give our awareness to the outside world through our senses. In this condition, we only retrieve the information from our physical senses (eye, ears, nose, etc).
In order to understand the nature of a soul, yogis must enter the higher state that is more subtle. So yogis can connect the missing web between the information and understanding the full picture of reality.
A yoga master, TKV. Desikachar explain about avidya (the act of unsatisfaction) that derives from four states: (1) asmitha, (2) raga, (3) dvesa and (4) abhinivesa.
Asmitha is the expression of an ego. Thoughts that arise in the state understanding of “I am the greatest”, “I have to be better”, “I know that I’m right”, and so on. This is the state that we associate greatly with the “I”.
Raga is the expression of demand. We always want things we don’t have and what we have is not enough. And we want more. We want something today because it was pleasant yesterday.
Dvesa is the expression of aversion (rejection). We have difficult situation and we afraid if the difficult situation will occur. Thus, we learn to reject things that is being offered to us to prevent this difficult situation to repeat. But sometimes we apply the same act even to different situation. We reject things that we are not familiar with, even though it doesn’t have any history related to us.
Abhinivesa is the expression of fear, uncertainty and doubt. We doubt our positive life. We afraid if people judge us negatively. We don’t want to grow old. There are a lot of uncertainty feeling when ife is upset.
“Avidya is constantly active in our sub-conscious mind. We can increase avidya by feeding it and we can reduce avidya by starving it. Our action is constantly encourage or discourage the growth of avidya in our mind.” TKV. Desikachar