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Yoga Sutras 1.30-1.32: Obstacles and solutions

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    Yoga Sutras 1.30-1.32: Obstacles and solutions http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras/yoga-sutras-13032.htm (for further descriptions) There are a number of
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      Yoga Sutras 1.30-1.32: Obstacles and solutions
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras/yoga-sutras-13032.htm
      (for further descriptions)

      There are a number of predictable obstacles (1.30) that arise on the
      inner journey, along with several consequences (1.31) that grow out
      of them. While these can be a challenge, there is a certain comfort
      in knowing that they are a natural, predictable part of the process.

      The good news is that there is a single, underlying principle that is
      the antidote for these obstacles and their consequences, and that is
      the one-pointedness of mind (1.32).

      1.30 Nine kinds of distractions come that are obstacles naturally
      encountered on the path, and are physical illness, tendency of the
      mind to not work efficiently, doubt or indecision, lack of attention
      to pursuing the means of samadhi, laziness in mind and body, failure
      to regulate the desire for worldly objects, incorrect assumptions or
      thinking, failing to attain stages of the practice, and instability
      in maintaining a level of practice once attained.

      1.31 From these obstacles, there are four other consequences that
      also arise, and these are: 1) mental or physical pain, 2) sadness or
      dejection, 3) restlessness, shakiness, or anxiety, and 4)
      irregularities in the exhalation and inhalation of breath.

      1.32 To prevent or deal with these nine obstacle and their four
      consequences, the recommendation is to make the mind one-pointed,
      training it how to focus on a single principle or object.
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