Ishvara Pranidhana, The Sutra of Dedication

Ishvara Pranidhana, The Sutra of Dedication


The Yama Yoga Store is now focusing on the final and 5th, Niyama. The Sanskrit words for this fifth Niyama are Ishvara Pranidhana. The reason this one comes last in the Niyama sequence is in its translation the meaning is such that if you master this Niyama you would not need to practice the others. This is a true and deep surrendering to the higher self and cultivating a relationship with the universe. Here we get an understanding of how to offer our actions to both the divine and humanity. This is the true practice of letting go, let go! This action allows us to see and give into the god in ourselves and see the god in all sentient beings. With this sutra comes greater awareness and with awareness comes greater responsibility. (ignorance is bliss they say…when you see god in all things the practice of non-violence (Ahimsa) is not an option but a must. It is something that will ring inside you like a dinner bell. It will call to you. 





This surrendering also allows us to see life as it unfolds with less judgment. We can open up to what is and allow for guidance that is not mind-centric. This is greatly difficult for some folks as it requires a trust in our deepest intuitions and to express ourselves freely without the ego mask. This egoic mask will cling tight and do anything to gain control…as I said in a previous blog, the ego has a place but we must gain control and over it. The practice of Isvara Pranidhana grants us access to the freedom of living without the ego and we regain our lives without the conditioning and perceptions that we falsely hold on to. 



So many of us remain fixed and not open to change. The rigid circular patterns and habits leading people in the circles and cycles of limited existence leave them feeling stuck. Imagine how much of your mind and creativity would open without all of that conditioning and judgment consuming your thought patterns and time. Your body holds on to these patterns causing many illnesses and even long-term disease. You could be learning a new trade, figuring out how to better your gardens (food sources), live more sustainably, and deepen your Asana practice. Your work at any level may deeply improve as creativity lives in a deeper state of consciousness accessible by kicking the ego to the curb. Your health may take a significant turn if you dedicate yourself and let go. 





From now on as we let go through this Sutra practice we can move forward to live in our true nature (bliss and happiness). Don’t waste any more time with insignificant things that are untruths about who you are and your story! Leave greed behind, leaving jealousy and drama behind and your clouded vision of superiority behind and instead open up to the playfulness that occurs in the unbinding of the conditioned soul.


Clean out the old energy with a good ritual. Start with some Atacama Sea Salt,  Palo Santo or Sage. Take a ritual bath and leave all of the old energy behind!


Start fresh today!


Sat Nam ਸਤਿ ਨਾਮੁ
Written by Soorya Kirti Kaur

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