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<div style="color:#000000;">The first necessity on the path of Yoga</div>
= What =
== The Quality of Purity ==
<span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;">As soon as one speaks of purity, we get an image of a saintly moralism amounting to “doing all the right things”. However, purity has nothing to do with righteousness and asceticism. However, </span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;">purity is simply the quality of the soul and purification the process of taking up the ordinary habitual surface movements of the instruments of the being - vital, mental and physical - and vital movements and turning them towards the Divine.</span>
== The Process of Purification ==
<span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;">Purification is the removal of all aberrations, disorders, obstructions brought about by the mixed and irregular actions of the energy of the being in our physical, moral and mental system</span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;">.</span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;"> </span>
<span style="color:#000000;">Purification is the process of purifying oneself of ignorance and finding and consecrating to the truth of the being. </span>
= Why =
<div style="color:#000000;">You must be pure for the love of purity.</div>
<span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;">The world will be made better only in proportion as we make ourselves better. The ills that humanity suffers from - collectively and individually - stem from the errors that lie at the roots of our ignorant nature.</span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;"> </span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;">Thus, purification of our nature is central to making the world better. </span>
<span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;">We are the deforming intermediary between the purity of the animal and divine purity of the gods.</span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;"> </span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;">Thus, the process of purification is central to our evolution. </span>
<div style="color:#000000;">importance of purity also comes through when one sees how with inner liberation, total sincerity and perfect purity, all sufferings ends because they will no longer be required for the progress of consciousness.</div>
== Purification in Yoga ==
<span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;">From a yogic perspective, purification is of utmost importance. All yoga proceeds in its methods by three principles of practice - purification, concentration and consummation.</span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;"> </span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;">The importance of purification also emerges from the Gita and Patanjali’s Yoga-sutras. The Gita sees the darkness of ignorance is the cause of all stumblings</span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;"> </span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;">and purification through Self-knowledge as the most sovereign purity. Patanjali’s Yoga-sutras insists first on a moral purification of the mentality - divided into yamas (self-discipline by which rajasic egoism and it's passion and desires are conquered and quieted) and niyamas (discipline of the mind by regular practice of meditation).</span>
= How =
== Purification of the Mental Being ==
<span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;">The most effective way for purification for the mental being is to draw back, to stand as the passive witness and observe and know himself and the workings of Nature in the lower, the normal being; but this must be combined, for perfection, with a will to raise the purified nature into the higher spiritual being.</span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;"> </span>
<div style="color:#000000;">It is better to keep the thoughts fixed on purity, light and peace that one wants to acquire, instead of thinking too much about one’s impurities.</div>
== Purification of the Vital Being ==
<span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;">The first step in purification is to rid the prana of desire and turn the vital being from dominant power to obedient instrument of free mind.</span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;"> </span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;">Purification of experience means to make it sincere and motiveless (i.e. to take away motives of ambition and vanity of desires and power). </span>
<span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;">The most important thing for purification of the heart is absolute sincerity </span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;">- no pretence with oneself, no concealment from the Divine or oneself, a straight look at oneself, a straight will to make them straight.</span>
<div style="color:#000000;">If you are in confusion, if there is a vital upsurge, the fact of compelling yourself to put it on paper already quietens you, it begins the work of purification.</div>
== Integral Purification ==
<div style="color:#000000;">Purification to be effective must be integral. It must take along all parts of being. For instance, Purification of understanding shall open the door of Truth but it cannot happen if no purification of other members of the being has been initiated. Love is the purifier of the heart, however, this heart’s love of man may lead to distortion and exaggeration in feelings, actions and knowledge which have to be corrected and prevented by purification of understanding. Purification of understanding is the most potent cleanser of the turbid and disordered being.</div>
= Purification in Integral Yoga =
<span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;">A certain amount of purification is necessary before there can be any realisation of the Divine.</span>
<span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;">There are two possibilities, one of purification by personal effort which takes a long time, another by a direct intervention of the Divine Grace which is usually rapid in its action.</span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;"> </span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;">In both instances, the fire of purification must be lit into which all is thrown with the Divine Name on it.</span>
<span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;">Purification, in integral yoga, is to make oneself a clear mirror in which the divine reality can be reflected, a clear vessel and an unobstructing vessel into which the divine presence and through which the divine influence can be poured.</span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;"> </span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;">It means a bringing down of the Divine Consciousness static and dynamic into all parts of the being and the entire replacement of the present consciousness by that. Integral purification, in integral yoga, &nbsp;enables perfect reflection of the divine being in ourselves and perfect outpouring of Truth and law in us</span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;">.</span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;"> </span>