Yoga Sutras 1.30-1.32: Obstacles and solutions
- Yoga Sutras 1.30-1.32: Obstacles and solutions
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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.