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Most often we unquestioningly accept all proposals thrown to us by the mind. We hardly ever allow ourselves to question the mind and its thoughts. The mind's dictates are mostly short-lived and often erratic, and because of not having found its wishes fulfilled the mind becomes frustrated and pronounces the next diktat to escape the aftermath of dissent. And so it goes on endlessly. Yoga aims not only to bridle the mind but to give us back our individuality, give back myself to me. When Arjuna the Hero asks Krishna, the speaker of Bhagavad-Gita, what was the best way to overcome his debilitating weakness which disheartened him and dampened his resolve to perform his duty as king and fight for the cause of his subjects, Krishna advised him to control the mind. This will automatically stem the flow of emotions that weaken determination and cloud our intelligence so that we forget important knowledge.
Arjuna, being a warrior conceded that he may even make an attempt at calming the wind, but admitted his inability to control the mind. So Krishna advised him to bring the mind under control through regular practice. To attain this goal one cannot approach such a daunting task by setting a time limit. The vow to accomplish this is not so much a matter of time but a matter of right attitude and conviction of reaching the goal. When resolutions are made with intelligence and discrimination rather than being swayed by emotions, the chances of success are high. Even if sometimes the desired result is lacking, the effort never goes in vain. The intellect's involvement in taking decisions requires dispassionate weighting of the pros and contras, ensuring a calm approach to the task.

The point to consider for those seeking a meaning to life and its purpose, of ones transit through life in this world, is to thoroughly understand the nature of this universe,- the stage for enacting our humans roles, and the arena for our activities. The Gita promulgates that simply understanding ourselves as spiritual beings will not suffice in accomplishing our purpose on earth. For this we require right knowledge. Right knowledge is available only from a reliable source. From our childhood we have learnt so many things from very many different persons, books and other sources. They have helped us in many ways in our life situations. But since my search has widened its sphere from the phenomenal to the nominal or metaphysical, our sources will have to be properly tested, authenticated. A tree is known by its fruit.
So, yoga has been practiced since time immemorial with high rate of success. Therefore, the book 'Yoga Sutra' is certainly a reliable source of knowledge. The Sage meticulously garnered pertinent sections from the Vedas. To doubt the Sage's or his source, the Vedas' intention on presenting us this knowledge is unfounded. Neither of them are here to exploit others either financially or emotionally. However, a person impersonating as teacher may have dubious designs. In such cases the student must be cautious to search for a genuine teacher. The practice of yoga most definitely benefits the practitioner, hence instructions and knowledge contained in the book is not manipulative and detrimental in any way, and rather they elevate our state of consciousness.