Category Archives: The Yogasūtras of Patañjali

The Yoga Sutras: Epilogue

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iv. 31-34 Final Release from all Obstructions 4.31 All Mind Obstructions now cessated, Total-Gnosis is conferred as the yogin need not do anything more—fait accompli. When in Dharmamegha Samādhi, all former impurities are dissolved-away in the Light of Pure Gnosis—no-thing … Continue reading

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Recurring Impressions; Dharmamegha Samādhi

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iv. 27-30 Recurring Impressions/Dharmamegha Samādhi 4.27 The subliminal impressions stored in the Alaya-receptacle can rise again due to lapses in the Recollective Resolve. When the yogin neglects to maintain the Recollective Resolve, habitual triggers will set into motion again the … Continue reading

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The Mind of the Perceiver

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iv. 23-26 Gradations of  Perception 4.23 The Observer, the field of knowledge, and knowledge itself are conjoined in the mind of the perceiver. This is an advanced stage along the way to direct illumination. The perceiving mind becomes aware of … Continue reading

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Thought vs. Self

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iv. 18-22 The Self is the Master over all thought-constructions. 4.18 The changeless Selfhood of spirit is Master over the churning of incessant thoughts. Thought being constructed out of the phenomenal mind-stuff is inferior to the Self that is Self-Luminous … Continue reading

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Where The Wild Things Are

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iv. 12-17 The Characteristics of Things 4.12 The Past and Future exists with the momentum on the playing field of Prakriti (the full spectrum and fundamental (natural) matter of Mind materialization). From the Charles Johnson commentary: Here we come to a … Continue reading

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Karmic Triggers

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iv. 7-11 The Dance of Karma 4.7 The Advanced Yogin is Free from all Karmic Obstructions; all others experience a mix- match of good and evil. Book IV focuses on those Advanced Yogins who are now free from avidya, and … Continue reading

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Thought Transmutations

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iv. 4-6 Consciousness Expansion 4.4 The “I” Consciousness expands only the Individuated Ego. The process of Individuation is ego-centered (Nirmana chittani—individualized mind-stuff) and ultimately results in bondage to material-thought constructions. Thus, all meditation practices (sadhana) that attempt to cultivate Samadhi … Continue reading

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Self-Completion

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The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali Book IV: Self-Completion In Yoga the world is Real (not illusory, as it is for example in the Vendanta). Nevertheless, although the world exists and endures, it owes this to the “ignorance” of the spirit: … Continue reading

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Some Limitations

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Completion of Book III iii. 50-55 Avoidance of Spiritual Downfalls 3.50 Dispassion towards the Siddhic Powers must be assured lest the yogin succumb to the pride of a grandiose spirit. Our series on The Śūrańgama Sūtra forewarned what would befall … Continue reading

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Diamond-hard Compactness

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iii. 46-49 Spirit-Body Ascending 3.46 The Diamond Body has an adamantine hue that harnesses strength. As the yogin steadily advances in practice, each cell of the body is refined in the fire of spiritual-perfection. The yogin’s body is now a … Continue reading

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