Bond – the creation of attachment

School of Yoga explains Bandana or bond – the creation of attachment

All transactions result in a relationship between us and the object we are transacting with. This is called bond or bandana.

School of Yoga Recaps- 

  • We respond to stimulus.
  • When we like the stimulus, we draw the object closer to us. Conversely, when we dislike the object, we push it away. 
  • The movement of drawing closer or pushing away is called action or karma.
  • Our decision to like or dislike any stimulus or input is based on our conditioning or svadharma.
  • Most transactions are unequal. As a result, we either give or take more.
  • The difference between give and take is called debt or rinn.

School of Yoga explains characteristics of the bond (bandana);

  • We first form bonds to validate our own existence, this is an existential bond and affects our sense of self-worth (asmita). So, we will do everything to retain it.
  • As soon as our existence is confirmed, we begin transacting and incurring karma. 
  • As a result, there is a continuous creation of bonds, action and debt.  

School of Yoga explains transactional bonds can be of 2 types;

  • Equal bond or sambandana in Sanskrit  (sama =  equal +  bandana = bond).

Equal bonds exist when there is equal give and take. Generally, this occurs in a marriage, where give and take is a continuous process. In fact, this is the reason why marriage in India is called sambandh and in-laws are called sambandi or samdi.

  • Bond of debt ornanubandana in Sanskrit (rnanu = that of debt + bandana = bond). 

All bonds other than sambandana fall into this category. Consequently, this bond occurs when give and take is unequal. As a result, a debt or rinn or rn or rna is created. Finally, this debt has to be liquidated and if it is not completed in this life, it will spill over to the next. This is the basis for logic of rebirth.

The dissolution of debt involves 3 terms;

  • Often, all the debt is not liquidated in a single transaction. Consequently, this results in a debt balance. Therefore, the overall debt balance of an individual is called sanchita-karma (accumulated karma in Sanskrit)
  • The debt coming up for liquidation is called prarabda-karma (karma that has come up for reconciliation).
  • The debt which is being created NOW, is agami-karma or (current karma in Sanskrit)

School of Yoga explains awareness of action (pragnya) in any bond:

During any transaction, the quality of give or take and consequently, the quantum of debt which we incur is dependent on our awareness (pragnya) in the situation. 

This awareness has 2 facets –

  • Our awareness of the situation (vijnana) and the various factors which govern the information which is coming to us
  • Our awareness of the impact of the stimulus on our Self (jnana). This is our sense of Identity.

Obviously, the quantum of debt changes with the quality of our awareness because, when we are aware we make conscious attempts to reduce our debts.

Anecdotes, experiences and situations to help understand bond…

(Wikipedia extract) Alvin Cullum York was a United States soldier, a famous World War 1 hero. He was awarded the Medal of Honour for leading an attack on a German machine gun nest, taking 32 machine guns, killing 28 German soldiers and capturing 132 others.


Alvin York – Medal of Honour

York belonged to a Christian denomination, the Church of Christ in Christian Union which discouraged warfare and violence.

When York was drafted into the army for World War I, he tried to avoid induction as a conscientious objector due to his religious beliefs. However, his status as a conscientious objector was rejected. 

However, York still wanted nothing to do with the army and killing. A sympathetic commanding officer lectured York and gave him leave to go home and reflect his position. Finally, York thought about it and decided to serve his country.

His unit was shipped out to Europe and participated in an attack. Suddenly, pinned down by German fire and seeing his friends being shot down all around him, York suddenly found himself placed in charge. Finally, he worked his way around behind German lines and shot with such deadly effect that the Germans surrendered. York later explained that he did what he did to hasten the end of the war and minimize the killing.

Here is an example of a person whose dharma was non-violence. Yet, he went to war, performed valorous deeds because he believed that would end the war quickly.

Analyse the following of Alvin York’s bonds:

  • His conditioning (dharma): What was York’s view of life?
  • How did his evolution from confusion to clarity emerge? Consequently, how did the attributes move from confusion to conviction? Finally, how did it change with his bond to his country?
  • What was the impact of his changed conditioning on his subsequent actions?
  • Have you had a similar conflicts? How did you resolve it?

Points to Ponder on bond:

Internal Tags: Conditioning or Dharma, Self Awareness or Asmita, Guna in Bhagawat Gita (chapter 14)

External Tags: Sentience

  • What is a bond? How does it occur?
  • How is a bond formed, sustained and dissolved?
  • Is a bond possible between animate and inanimate objects? For example, how can one define a bond between a car and a person?
  • What is the role of free-will and how does it affect us?
  • If rna (debt) exists, the how much of our decision-making is actually done by us?
  • What happens to a bond in a stress situation?
  • What is our sense of Self? How does it affect decision-making?
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