Monthly Archives: October 2013

Seedless Contemplation

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Completion of Book I Seedless (Nirbīja) Contemplation The prior sutras all bore merit in disabling the cognitive functions of mind and simultaneously planting rich bodhi-seeds of awareness, thus empowering the yogin to transcend all spheres of samsara and rest in … Continue reading

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Mind Mastery

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i.40-47 The Refinements leading to Perfection 1.40 Mastery of Mind extends from the smallest particle to the infinite vastness of the Cosmos. What comes to mind here is what the Zennist writes about when he describes the ability to pierce-through … Continue reading

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Zen

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Zen [1] is the name of [unborn]Mind, and only through the purifying power of Zen can the mind [of a potential Buddha] fully recall itself, its true nature; which is Mind Unborn and no-thing else. The first mistake all beginners … Continue reading

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Mind Stabilization

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i.35-39 The Means to secure Absolute Contemplative Focus Patañjali utilizes a word in this section that will sound familiar to Lankavatarian adepts: pravṛtti. Fernando Tola and Carmen Dragonetti (mentioned in earlier posts) translate it as follows: A perceptive mental process, … Continue reading

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Obstacles that prevent Mind’s Quiescence

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i.29-34 Obstacles that prevent Mind’s Quiescence 1.29 When the Sacred OṀ is invoked, one-pointedness of Mind is assured as obstacles are rendered dormant. When faithfully invoked, the Sacred OṀ induces quiescence of Mind as all outside interference is rendered mute … Continue reading

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Mircea Eliade on Spirit, Suffering and Yoga

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In researching this present series on Patañjali I’ve been utilizing numerous resources. By far the most profound is Mircea Eliade’s Yoga, Immortality and Freedom. I feel it indispensable to reproduce in full the following section from his text as it … Continue reading

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Divorced from the Cross of Matter

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Vomitus Maximus Triumph of the Spirit i.24-28 The Lord of Yoga transcends the trap of temporal manifestations 1.24 The Lord of Yoga is the Self-Supreme, unaffected by any temporal hindrances and any deposits of karmic residues. Like a bird flying … Continue reading

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Differences in Subtle Degrees of Samadhi

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Differences in Subtle Degrees of Samadhi Throughout these sutras Patañjali frequently formulates his approach through the philosophical principles of Saṃkhya-Yoga: Gross Body. Subtle Body and Spiritual Entity Man is made of a material structure which comprehends, on one hand, the … Continue reading

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Yoga: The Art of Transformation

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In synchronistic fashion with our present series, a new art exhibit portrays the vast tradition of Yoga “Yoga is a global phenomenon practiced by millions of people seeking spiritual insight and better health. Few, however, are aware of yoga’s dynamic … Continue reading

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Stages of Samādhi

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Stages of Samādhi i.17-18 There are varying degrees of samādhic attention 1.17 (Samprajnata Samadhi) distinguishing objective-meditative stimuli via four cognitive tools: through form (gross level); through discriminative participation on more subtle levels; through inspirational means leading to a state of … Continue reading

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