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Yoga Sutras 1.23-1.26: OM and Surrender to Ishvara, the Special Purusha

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    Yoga Sutras 1.23-1.26: OM and Surrender to Ishvara, the Special Purusha http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-12329.htm YOGA SUTRA 1.23-1.26: From a special
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      Yoga Sutras 1.23-1.26:
      OM and Surrender to Ishvara, the Special Purusha
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-12329.htm

      YOGA SUTRA 1.23-1.26: From a special process of devotion and letting
      go into the creative source from which we emerged (ishvara
      pranidhana), the coming of samadhi is imminent. That creative source
      (ishvara) is a particular consciousness (purusha) that is unaffected
      by colorings (kleshas), actions (karmas), or results of those actions
      that happen when latent impressions stir and cause those actions. In
      that pure consciousness (ishvara) the seed of omniscience has reached
      its highest development and cannot be exceeded. From that
      consciousness (ishvara) the ancient-most teachers were taught, since
      it is not limited by the constraint of time.

      YOGA SUTRA 1.23: From a special process of devotion and letting go
      into the creative source from which we emerged (ishvara pranidhana),
      the coming of samadhi is imminent.
      (ishvara pranidhana va)

      ISHVARA = creative source, pure consciousness, purusha, God, supreme
      Guru or teacher
      PRANIDHANA = practicing the presence, sincerity, dedication,
      devotion, surrender of fruits of practice
      VA = or

      Through the sincere, dedicated, and devoted practice towards the pure
      consciousness known by words such as purusha, God, or Guru, which is
      symbolized by AUM, the results of samadhi come more quickly. In other
      words, the practice of following AUM through the levels of reality
      and consciousness is a short cut of sorts, meaning direct route to
      the center of consciousness. This can be better understood by a close
      reading of these articles:

      OM and the 7 Levels of Consciousness
      http://www.swamij.com/om.htm
      OM and 7 Methods of Practice
      http://www.swamij.com/om-mantra.htm

      YOGA SUTRA 1.24: That creative source (ishvara) is a particular
      consciousness (purusha) that is unaffected by colorings (kleshas),
      actions (karmas), or results of those actions that happen when latent
      impressions stir and cause those actions.
      (klesha karma vipaka ashayaih aparamristah purusha-vishesha ishvara

      KLESHA = colored, painful, afflicted, impure; the root klish means to
      cause trouble
      KARMA = actions,
      VIPAKA = fruits of, maturing, ripening
      ADHAYAIH = by the vehicles, resting place, storage of traces,
      propensities, accumulations
      APARAMRISTAH = untouched, unsmeared
      PURUSHA-VISHESHA = a consciousness, a special or distinct purusha
      (purusha = a consciousness; vishesha = special, distinct)
      ISHVARA = creative source, God, supreme Guru or teacher

      The pure consciousness itself that is represented by AUM is not
      colored the way that the samskaras are commonly colored (klishta,
      2.3, 2.1-2.9, 2.10-2.11). It is also not subject to the playing out
      of karmas, nor do actions cause the creation of new samskaras (2.12-
      2.25).

      YOGA SUTRA 1.25: In that pure consciousness (ishvara) the seed of
      omniscience has reached its highest development and cannot be
      exceeded.
      (tatra niratishayam sarvajna bijam)

      TATRA = there, in that (in that special purusha)
      NIRATISHAYAM = unsurpassed, not exceeded by any others, limitless
      SARVAJNA = all knowing (sarva = all; jna = knowing)
      BIJAM = seed

      The pure consciousness identified by AUM is also the seed of pure
      knowledge or omniscience. That level of knowing is sought in the
      practice of OM.

      YOGA SUTRA 1.26: From that consciousness (ishvara) the ancient-most
      teachers were taught, since it is not limited by the constraint of
      time.
      (purvesham api guruh kalena anavachchhedat)

      PURVESHAM = of the first, former, earlier, ancient
      API = too, also
      KALENA = by time
      ANAVACHCHHEDAT = not limited by (time), no break or division,
      continuous

      This pure consciousness, being eternal in nature, is the direct
      teacher of all of the ancient, earlier, or even the first of the
      teachers within humanity. In other words, some of the original
      teachers of humanity have learned directly from this pure
      consciousness, not from a human lineage of teacher-student, etc.,
      whereby there is just a passing of information. This direct learning
      from the source continues to be available at all times and places,
      though the help of human teachers is surely a useful, if not
      essential aid.

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