Meaning of 'Drishti'

Drishti is a Sanskrit word that comes from yoga. The practice of Drishti is a gazing technique that develops concentration and teaches you to see the world as it really is. In yoga, drishti is a point of focus where the gaze rests during a posture and meditation practice--gazing outward while bringing awareness inward. Not limited to yoga practice, drishti can also refer to outward vision and inward awareness in other areas of life. Similar to other Sanskrit words, "drishti" can be interpreted on various levels. It can mean the quality of vision one might use around a planning table, it can mean the vision that unites values with action, or it can mean the vision or recognition of oneness between self and other.

The Eastern philosopher, Patanjali, points out that in viewing the world, we don’t always see reality clearly, but instead tend toward seeing things as we’d like them to be. This influence of our own preferences, assumptions, and biases can occlude a clear view and become what the philosophers call a false perception. Philosophies both East and West consider this confusion or false perception to be one of the root causes of suffering. They explain that alleviating suffering is possible only when we are able to see things are they really are.

Our organization brings the essence of drishti into social change work by including an outward orientation to action as well as an inward orientation to awareness. This place where insight and action meet helps to disclose a true view of global issues and to identify a path forward that considers all sentient beings.