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Introduction to Yoga Sutras 1.30-1.32 Obstacles and Solutions

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    Introduction to Yoga Sutras 1.30-1.32 Obstacles and Solutions http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-13032.htm OBSTACLES ARE TO BE EXPECTED: There are a number of
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      Introduction to Yoga Sutras 1.30-1.32
      Obstacles and Solutions
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-13032.htm

      OBSTACLES ARE TO BE EXPECTED: There are a number of predictable
      obstacles (1.30) that arise on the inner journey, along with several
      consequences (1.31) that grow out of them. While these can be a
      challenge, there is a certain comfort in knowing that they are a
      natural, predictable part of the process. Knowing this can help to
      maintain the faith and conviction that were previously discussed as
      essential (1.20).

      PREDICTABLE OBSTACLES(1.30):
      Illness
      Dullness
      Doubt
      Negligence
      Laziness
      Cravings
      Misperceptions
      Failure
      Instability

      COMPANIONS TO THOSE OBSTACLES (1.31):
      Mental and physical pain
      Sadness and frustration
      Unsteadiness of the body
      Irregular breath

      ONE-POINTEDNESS IS THE SOLUTION: There is a single, underlying
      principle that is the antidote for these obstacles and their
      consequences, and that is the one-pointedness of mind (1.32).
      Although there are many forms in which this one-pointedness can be
      practiced, the principle is uniform. If the mind is focused, then it
      is far less likely to get entangled and lost in the mire of delusion
      that can come from these obstacles (1.4).

      REMEMBER ONE TRUTH OR OBJECT: Repeatedly remember one aspect of
      truth, or one object (1.32). It may be any object, including one of
      the several that are suggested in the coming sutras (1.33-1.39). It
      may be related to your religion, an aspect of your own being, a
      principle, or some other pleasing object. It may be a mantra, short
      prayer, or affirmation. While there is great breadth of choice in
      objects, a sincere aspirant will choose wisely the object for this
      practice, possibly along with the guidance of someone familiar with
      these practices.

      A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS: This link leads to a page with a
      picture of 18 circular shaped objects, which appear to be moving,
      although they are not. By focusing your eyes on the small black
      center of any of the circles, they all stop moving. This illusion is
      a simple way to communicate the principle of using one-pointedness to
      still the mind. (Gazing at this picture is NOT literally being
      suggested as a meditation practice.)
      Rotating Circles Illusion and Meditation:
      http://www.swamij.com/rotatingcircles.htm


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