“Faith, in its broadest sense, is about far more than belief in the existence of God or the disregard of scientific evidence. Faith is the willingness to give ourselves over, at times, to things we do not fully understand. Faith is the belief in things larger than ourselves. Faith is the ability to honor stillness at some moments and at others to ride the passion and exuberance that is the artistic impulse, the flight of the imagination, the full engagement with this strange and shimmering world.”

—Alan Lightman, physicist

1.20 śraddhā vīrya smrti samādhiprajña pūrvakah itaresām “Practice must be pursued with trust, confidence, vigor, keen memory and power of absorption to break this spiritual complacency.” ....”Śraddhā should not be understood simply as faith. It also conveys mental and intellectual firmness...Interestingly, Patañjali’s first use of the word śraddha is explicitly to encourage the sādhaka to intensify his sādhana in order to reach the highest goal. The natural trust of the aspirant is confirmed by revelation, and transformed into the faith which permeates the consciousness of practitioners in any field of art, science, and philosophy. If trust is instinctive, faith is intuitional.” Yogācārya B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali.

What would it take

to see everything

that is happening

as asking for our awakening?

Kapotāsana - pigeon pose 

Kapotāsana - pigeon pose