Clarifies your doubts: what is discernment?

In this section, Javier Ruiz Calderón offers answers to our questions from a perspective of critical and up-to-date yogic tradition. Are invited to write to Javier making your doubts or uncertainties.

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Question: what is the insight?

Answer: The buddhi is the "determinative" function of the mind; It is asserting, denying, deciding, identifying, distinguishing mind... To the ability that has the buddhi distinguish (vivich) between two things it is called «insight» (viveka). There are two ways of discernment important in the practice of yoga:

1) discernment between dharma and adharma, between the right mode and the inappropriate Act and live. It is the ethical discernment: in any situation are presented several ways of acting, and yoga offers us a series of attitudes (no violence, veracity, not stealing, austerity, etc.) recommended to carry a life in harmony with ourselves, with others, with the universe and with the divine. Dharma practice purifies and integrates the mind and allows the emergence of the higher form of discernment. Therefore, ethical discernment is the fundamental, the basis of all yoga practice.

(2) the discernment between the Real (Sat) and the unreal (asat), eternal (Nitya) and the transitory (anitya), self (Atman) and non self (anatman). It is the spiritual discernment, which is cultivated through study, reflection, meditation and other practices. This form of discernment is that destroys ignorance (confusion between the Real and the unreal) and leads to the release, which is the goal of yoga. For this reason, it is critical discernment; but can not be carried out if not rests on a solid foundation of ethical discernment. The path of yoga is a gradual growth, such as the of a living being, and cannot get to fully bear fruit if the early stages not are have been overcome successfully. Christian spirituality speaks of childhood, youth and spiritual maturity. Are at what stage of the path of yoga we us?

Javier Ruiz Calderón (Shankara) He holds a PhD in philosophy specializing in philosophies and religions of the India. It takes forty years studying and practicing yoga, vedanta and meditation. It teaches these disciplines, as well as Hinduism, Sanskrit and Vedic chant, and has published five books and dozens of articles on these topics.

Próximas actividades:

«Estudio de las escrituras del yoga y el vedānta II: Las upaniṣad. Los textos fundamentales». Un sábado intensivo al mes del 6 de octubre de 2018 al 29 de junio de 2019. 80hs (

«Historia y filosofía del yoga: de los Vedas al siglo XXI». Cinco sábados por la mañana, del 20 de octubre de 2018 al 15 de junio de 2019. 20h (

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