Right discrimination and non-discrimination in yoga

In the teachings of yoga, we would come in contact with the term ‘right discrimination’ and ‘non-discrimination’. Sometimes, the yoga teacher says – Develop ‘discrimination’ of the real and unreal, and some other times the yoga teacher says – Be free from ‘discrimination’ towards all the different qualities of names and forms. Some people might get confused.

Non-discrimination actually derives from right discrimination.

Right discrimination is the ability to inquire, to reason, to reflect upon the truth of names and forms. That all and everything is impermanent and selfless, or ‘I’-less.

Non-discrimination is upon the realization of selflessness and seeing the one same nature in all and everything beyond all the impermanent different qualities of names and forms, the mind is free from subjective discrimination towards all and everything based on personal likes and dislikes, agreements and disagreements, wants and don’t wants under the influence of certain conditional thinking and belief.

Without right discrimination, one sees all the different qualities in all the different names and forms, and generates subjective discrimination towards all and everything based on personal likes and dislikes, agreements and disagreements, wants and don’t wants under the influence of certain conditional thinking and belief.

Without right discrimination and non-discrimination, one will always be restless or peaceless, as the mind will always be affected, disturbed and determined by the personal likes and dislikes, agreements and disagreements, craving and aversion of the mind upon coming in contact with the objects of the senses, even if one identifies oneself as a yogi or yoga practitioner who has been practicing yoga and meditation regularly for a long time.

Om shanti.

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