1.16 When you know your true self, cravings dissipate.

“Detachment develops with self understanding.”

– TKV Desikachar, Reflections on Yoga Sutra-s of Patanjal

“When the mind desires something inappropriate, you tell the mind, ‘No.’ and it stays away. Although you may be able to free yourself of new temptations, there are still subtle impressions stored in the mind – memories that tempt you. The cravings that result from subtle impressions are not easily erased. But on this higher level of nonattachment, you don’t even think of attaching. Supreme nonattachment is based on having an inner experience so sweet, satisfying, and compelling that there is nothing on the outside that can compete with it.”

– Reverend Jaganath Carrera, Inside the Yoga Sutras

“What I like or don’t like belongs to the small, ego-self with which I no longer identify so strongly. As the ego loses its grip and the mind comes to greater quietude, I begin to have a larger sense of being that goes beyond the limits of my personality. Fleeting glimpses of my higher Self evoke a sense of wonder and offer a foretaste of what still lies ahead.”

– Devadatta Kali, Managing The Mind

“…permanent as opposed to temporary…spirit as opposed to matter…absolute as opposed to relative…essence as opposed to existence…. Supreme nonattachment is not the result of a decision, but rather emerges from a mystical state.”

– Bernard Bouchard, The Essence of Yoga

“The moment you understand yourself as the true Self, you find such peace and bliss that the impressions of the petty enjoyments you experienced before become as ordinary specks of light in front of the brilliant sun. You lose all interest in them permanently. That is the highest non-attachment….If that supreme non-attachment comes even once, even for a second, you experience that joy. That’s why we try to sit for a while in meditation every day. If we get even a glimpse of that, we will not try to go here and there to taste other things.”

– Sri Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali