29Yoga Sutras 1.27-1.29: How to use OM Mantra
- Sep 3, 2005Yoga Sutras 1.27-1.29:
How to use OM Mantra
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YOGA SUTRA 1.27-1.29: The sacred word designating this creative
source is the sound OM, called pranava. This sound is remembered with
deep feeling for the meaning of what it represents. From that
remembering comes the realization of the individual Self and the
removal of obstacles.
SEE ALSO the articles:
OM and the 7 Levels of Consciousness
OM and 7 Methods of Practice
YOGA SUTRA 1.27: The sacred word designating this creative source is
the sound OM, called pranava.
(tasya vachakah pranavah)
TASYA = of that
VACHAKAH = designator, signifier, indicator, term
PRANAVAH = the mantra AUM or OM
AUM has a vibrational quality along with other meanings, one of which
is as a designator or term to denote the pure consciousness referred
to in the sutras above.
LOWER CURVE: The lower curve [of the OM symbol] represents the Gross,
Conscious, and Waking state level, called Vaishvanara.
CENTER CURVE: The center curve represents the Subtle, Unconscious,
and Dreaming level, called Taijasa.
UPPER CURVE: The upper curve represents the Causal, Subconscious, and
Deep Sleep level, called Prajna.
BINDU: The dot, point, or bindu represents the fourth state, the
absolute consciousness, which encompasses, permeates, and is the
other three, and is called Turiya.
ARC: The arc below the dot symbolizes the separateness of this fourth
state, standing above, though ever remaining part of the other three.
YOGA SUTRA 1.28: This sound is remembered with deep feeling for the
meaning of what it represents.
(tat japah tat artha bhavanam)
TAT = its
JAPAH = repeated remembrance
TAT = its
ARTHA = meaning
BHAVANAM = understanding with feeling, absorbing, dwelling upon
REMEMBER THE MEANING: It is important to remember not only the
vibration (japa), but also the deep meaning of the mantra, rather
than merely parrot-like repetition.
YOGA SUTRA 1.29: From that remembering comes the realization of the
individual Self and the removal of obstacles.
(tatah pratyak chetana adhigamah api antaraya abhavash cha)
TATAH = thence
PRATYAK = individual
CHETANA = consciousness
ADHIGAMAH = understanding, realization, attainment
API = also
ANTARAYA = of obstacles or impediments
ABHAVASH = absence, disappearance, removal
CHA = and, also
TWO BENEFITS: Two direct benefits come from the proper practice of
the OM mantra:
1) Obstacles will be removed (1.30-1.32).
2) It is a direct route to Self-realization.
If one is able to sincerely, devotedly, intensely practice the AUM
mantra in the depth of its meaning, it is a complete practice unto