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56Introduction to Yoga Sutras 2.10-2.11 Dealing with Subtle Impressions

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    Jan 25, 2006
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      Introduction to Yoga Sutras 2.10-2.11
      DEALING WITH SUBTLE IMPRESSIONS
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-21011.htm

      NOW THE SUBTLE THOUGHTS ARE DEALT WITH: First, the mind was
      stabilized (1.19-1.22, 1.30-1.32, 1.33-1.39). Then, the gross
      colorings of the thoughts were attenuated (2.1-2.9). Now, the subtle
      colorings are dealt with, both in this section and subsequent
      sections of chapters 2 and 3.

      REDUCING COLORINGS TO MERE POTENTIAL: Once the gross coloring has
      been minimized through kriya yoga (2.1-2.2), and the intensity of the
      colorings have been attenuated (2.4), the thought patterns are
      brought back to the seed, or latent form by the process of meditation
      (2.11).

      ELIMINATING THOSE OF MERE POTENTIAL: Once the colored
      (klishta/aklishta) thought patterns have been reduced to mere
      potential, or seed form, those seeds are eliminated when the mind
      itself temporarily recedes back into the consciousness from which it
      arose (2.10). This is likened to burning the seeds, and burnt seeds
      cannot grow.

      WHAT IS THE TOOL FOR DOING THIS?: The actual tool of dealing with the
      subtle colorings is the eight rungs of Yoga (2.29), the purpose of
      which is discriminative knowledge (2.26, 2.28). The last three rungs
      form the subtle tool called samyama, which is used like a surgeon's
      knife to cut through the illusory false identities and colorings (3.4-
      3.6).

      SEE ALSO THESE ARTICLES: Each of these articles will add a
      complementary perspective on viewing and dealing with the coloring of
      the deep impressions of the mind:

      Klishta and Aklishta Thoughts
      http://www.swamij.com/klishta-aklishta.htm

      Witnessing Your Thoughts
      http://www.swamij.com/witnessing.htm

      Regulating Lifestyle and the Four Basic Urges
      http://www.swamij.com/lifestyle.htm

      Training the Ten Senses or Indriyas
      http://www.swamij.com/indriyas.htm

      4 Levels and 3 Domains of Consciousness
      http://www.swamij.com/levelsdimensions.htm

      The 5 Koshas or Sheaths
      http://www.swamij.com/koshas.htm