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 from it that one can just focus on “any” object to procure results that Patañjali intended. This can prove to be quite dangerous, even downright destructive if one chooses an object that consists of, let us say, influences that can lead to demonic possession.
The Lankavatara Sutra provides a safety-net with a word that procures the ultimate in mind-stabilization, and that word is paravrtti—meaning a “turn-about” in the deepest seat of consciousness in order to focus on the Primordial Imperative.
1.35 One gains stability when a mental process (pravṛtti) is established utilizing a sensate object which becomes the focal-tool in order to achieve contemplative success.
We can say, in reference to our above intro concerning the Primordial Imperative, that “paravrtti” can be the chosen mental process wherein one turns-about from all defiled sensate material and focuses only on THAT which animates. An exceptional focal tool to use in order to activate successful contemplation in this endeavor is Tozen’s Black Dragon-Eye Mandala. There are numerous references within these blogs concerning this marvelous mystical technique. One could also focus on Amoghasiddhi Buddha’s Double Vajra (Viśvavajra) which would certainly administer an All-Accomplishing Spiritual Equilibrium.
1.36 Meditation upon Luminous Light assures Liberation from all Sorrow.
There is no greater Liberating Joy than to be enraptured with the Luminous Light of the Unborn.
1.37 Mind is stabilized when all phenomenal chains of the lower-nature are broken.
The Yogin completely dismisses and no longer identifies with the former skandhic-nature that used to keep one in bondage to sensate phenomena.
1.38 Steadiness of mind can be procured through the discernment of dreams.
Patañjali teaches that dreams, as witnessed through the lens of proper-discernment, can induce deep gnosis. Not all dreams, of course, are worth taking the time to discern their hidden-meaning; yet there are dreams that originate from higher-planes of consciousness, the effects of which produce a deep and lasting undisturbed calm.
1.39 Meditation of THAT which is dearest to the heart.
The above commentary for 1.35 describes the best resources for this type of mind stabilization.