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Yoga Sutras 1.27-1.29: How to use OM Mantra

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    Yoga Sutras 1.27-1.29: How to use OM Mantra http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-12329.htm#1.27 (Useful graphics are shown at this link along with text) YOGA
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      Yoga Sutras 1.27-1.29:
      How to use OM Mantra
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-12329.htm#1.27
      (Useful graphics are shown at this link along with text)

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


      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
      itself.

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