The Frog Conundrum

When routine bites hard,
And ambitions are low,
And resentment rides high,
But emotions won’t grow,
And we’re changing our ways,
Taking different roads.

Joy Division

Before I flog these frogs to death, I’ll go one step further and it is all about perception. This may or may not be selective. When you read the tale of two frogs which one are you? Are you the well frog or are you the ocean frog?

Here I am in my yogi’s cave, it is secure and familiar. I do not do a lot out in the wider world, it is over the lip of my well. I am not interacting with the wider currents out there in the ocean of life. I have provided some written “evidence” that I am not overly keen on how the outer world works. I am perhaps naïve as to its workings and have retreated here to my well.

Over the years I have met many ocean frogs who have tried to teach me and tell me a whole bunch of stuff. Yet here I remain. I must be a very stubborn frog indeed! Even though I am clearly in need of advice, I refuse to listen. All I can see is my yogi’s cave.

Who is the ocean frog and who is the well frog? This is the frog conundrum.

Don’t you love a farce? My fault, I fear
I thought that you’d want what I want, sorry my dear
But where are the clowns? Send in the clowns
Don’t bother they’re here

Isn’t it rich? Isn’t it queer?
Losing my timing this late in my career
But where are the clowns? Send in the clowns
Well, maybe next year…

Pure Awareness

Pure awareness is just seeing, itself; although pure, it usually appears to operate through the perceiving mind.

The Yoga-Sûtra of Patañjali translated by Chip Hartranft


The seer is pure knowledge (gnosis). Though pure, he looks upon the presented idea through the medium of the mind.

Reference has already been made to the excellent translation of this sutra as given by Johnston which runs as follows:

“The seer is pure vision. Though pure, he looks out through the vesture of the mind.”

Ganganatha Jha throws still further light upon it in the words:

“The spectator is absolute sentience, and though pure, still beholds intellected ideas.”

The thought conveyed is that the true man, the spectator, perceiver or thinker is the sum total of all perception, be it through the avenues of the senses or of the lower mind; he is in himself knowledge, clear vision or true perception. All that exists in the three worlds exists because of and for him; he is the cause of its being and when he no longer seeks it or endeavors to vision it, for him it exists not. This sutra is one of the key verses in the book, and gives the clue to the entire science of yoga. Certain thoughts lie hid in its formulation which cover the whole ground of this science and students would do well to give much attention to this. It has a mantric effect and if stated as an affirmation and used constantly by the aspirant will eventually demonstrate to him the truth of the statement that “as a man thinketh, so is he.”

    “I am pure knowledge. Though pure, I look upon presented ideas through the medium of the mind.”

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – Book 2 – The Steps to Union

Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul