Yoga Sutra 2.09 self-preservation is instinctive even in a Knower

Sūtra II.9 With spontaneous momentum, instinctive even in a Knower, is self-preservation The lust for life in every living being is in the form ‘Let me not experience death’, ‘may I live’. With spontaneous momentum instinctive even in a Knower, is self-preservation. Spontaneous because of what it is, pure Ignorance in the mind; momentum: ceaselessly operating to bear along, as a river is said to bear things along itself when it is seen that nothing is being done by any human agent. Or else, it is spontaneous because its very essence is to bear along perpetually. And this spontaneous momentum is instinctive even in a Knower (vidvat), even in one of right vision (samyagdarśana). The force of the word even is, that fear of death is logical only in the ignorant, who think of the self as destructible. It is illogical in those of right vision, who think that the …

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