Archive for October, 2013

Seedless Contemplation

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 the tranquility of the un-bifurcated (undivided) Unborn Mind. However, the exercises are not yet complete since there is, however subtle, a need to supersede all forms of the slightest objective-semblance that one yearns to meditate Read more [...]

Mind Mastery

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 the phenomenal haze—like boring a tiny hole in the fabric of space—to witness the Luminous Light of Pure Mind. It takes a true Master to discover the infinite through the simplest of means. The following video depicts his own breakthrough in Read more [...]


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 make about Zen, is to believe it is best achieved sitting or standing or even walking, because its foundation is believed to be found on top of a temple governed by a grey lump and source of conditioned consciousness. Zen, as hinted above, is an unborn or imageless Read more [...]

Mind Stabilization

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, be it sensorial or mental, which prolongs itself by fixing the mind on a determined object, does of necessity stabilize the mind. (pg. 136) One needs to be prudent with this process since there are those who infer Read more [...]

Obstacles that prevent Mind’s Quiescence

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 in the face of the One and Absolute. 1.30 The failure to enter into deep-samadhis is caused by a myriad of factors, among them are: illness, fatigue, foolhardiness, excessive attachment, delusions of grandeur, resistance Read more [...]

Mircea Eliade on Spirit, Suffering and Yoga

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 sheds light on our most recent blog, “Divorced from the Cross of Matter.” Eliade is shedding light on the Nature of Spirit (as noted within Saṃkhya-Yoga) and its interesting how one could draw parallels within the scope of Unborn Mind Zen: From Read more [...]

Divorced from the Cross of Matter

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 free from its cage, so is the Spirit when freed from the bondage of a suffering-material world. All former karmic ties and its associations are now severed. They can no longer take root. For the soil from which Spirit springs is imageless and immune Read more [...]

Differences in Subtle Degrees of Samadhi

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 “gross” body (flesh, bones, hair, ect) and, on the other, the “subtle” body, composed mainly of the mind (citta) and the senses, and of a spiritual entity (puruṣa). This subtle body functions thanks Read more [...]

Yoga: The Art of Transformation

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 history. Opening this fall at the Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery isYoga: The Art of Transformation, the world's first exhibition of yogic art. Temple sculptures, devotional icons, vibrant manuscripts, and court paintings created in India Read more [...]

Stages of Samādhi

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 bliss; through direct sublimational identification, I-AM-NESS. The beginning of this series established Yoga as Samādhi; now we have arrived at a junction wherein the stages of samādhi Read more [...]
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