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27Introduction to Yoga Sutras 1.23-1.29 Contemplation on AUM (or OM)

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    Aug 24, 2005
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      Introduction to Yoga Sutras 1.23-1.29
      Contemplation on AUM (or OM)
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-12329.htm

      See also the articles:
      OM and the 7 Levels of Consciousness (23 pages)
      http://www.swamij.com/om.htm

      OM and 7 Methods of Practice (8 pages)
      http://www.swamij.com/om-mantra.htm

      How to Use a Mantra (9 pages)
      http://www.swamij.com/mantra-use.htm

      OM IS A DIRECT PATH: 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 process.

      SYSTEMATICALLY PIERCING THE LEVELS: This practice takes one on a
      direct route inward, systematically piercing the levels of
      consciousness. It is done with sincerity and dedication (1.23)
      towards the untainted creative source or pure consciousness (1.24),
      which AUM represents (1.27). That consciousness contains the seed of
      omniscience (1.25), which is the source of the teachings of all the
      ancient sages (1.26).

      REMEMBER THE MEANING: For it to have its effect, the sound of AUM is
      remembered with deep feeling for the meaning of what it represents.
      (1.28)