251Yoga Sutras 1.23-1.29: Contemplation on OM Mantra
- Feb 16, 2004Yoga Sutras 1.23-1.29: Contemplation on OM Mantra
Remembering the sound vibration of AUM (or OM), along with a deep
feeling for the meaning of what it represents (1.28), brings both the
realization of the individual Self and the removal of obstacles that
normally block that realization (1.29). In a sense, this practice is
like a short cut, in that it goes directly to the heart of the
1.23 From a special process of devotion and letting go into the
creative source from which we emerged (ishvara pranidhana), the
coming of samadhi is imminent.
1.24 That creative source (ishvara) is a particular consciousness
(purusha) that is unaffected by colorings (kleshas), actions
(karmas), or results of those actions that happen when latent
impressions stir and cause those actions.
1.25 In that pure consciousness (ishvara) the seed of omniscience has
reached its highest development and cannot be exceeded.
1.26 From that consciousness (ishvara) the ancient-most teachers were
taught, since it is not limited by the constraint of time.
1.27 The sacred word designating this creative source is the sound
OM, called pranava.
1.28 This sound is remembered with deep feeling for the meaning of
what it represents.
1.29 From that remembering comes the realization of the individual
Self and the removal of obstacles.