Of all the Sacred Text, I enjoy translating the Sutras the most. The Sanskrit word “Sutra” is a line, a cord, a rule, or a direction. Where the verses of the Rigveda are a call and response, a Sutra is the call. It is an appeal, a request, and it comes from the Supreme Spirit Pervading the Universe. It comes with the breath – the Holy Breath, and because the Sutras are short, they are powerful.
The Hebrew and Aramaic verses of the Bible and the Quran are Sutras. Many of the wise sayings of Indigenous People around the world are Sutras. Many of the mantras chanted and sung so religiously are Sutras. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Shiva Sutras, and the Brahma Sutras are Sutras. Anyway, here is a verse from the Veda about meditation. Sit on a cushion or a chair and abandon the five senses. Do not think about the world – abandon it. Take a big breath and while holding the breath in, go inward.
Set on the tail,
And abandoning the five towards the light,
For the obscure to be unobscured.