The true aim of spiritual practice is to ultimately culture mind, breaking the associative thinking pattern that results in the creation of innumerable attachments and the making of new karmas. This is what Patanjali, sometimes called the Father of Yoga, meant when he said, “Yoga is the suppression of the mental modifications (vritti in Sanskrit). Ultimately, spiritual progress is conditioning of the heart-mind, or de-hypnotization.

This article is published in Heightened Awareness.