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Yoga Sutra 1.35: Meditation on sensation to stabilize and clear the mind

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    Yoga Sutras: Yoga Sutra 1.35: Meditation on sensation to stabilize and clear the mind http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-13339.htm#1.35 YOGA SUTRA 1.35: The
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      Yoga Sutras: Yoga Sutra 1.35:
      Meditation on sensation to stabilize and clear the mind
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-13339.htm#1.35

      YOGA SUTRA 1.35: The inner concentration on the process of sensory
      experiencing, done in a way that leads towards higher, subtle sense
      perception; this also leads to stability and tranquility of the mind.
      (vishayavati va pravritti utpanna manasah sthiti nibandhani)

      VISHAYAVATI = of the sensing experience
      VA = or (or other practices in 1.34-1.39)
      PRAVRITTI = higher perception, activity, inclinations
      UTPANNA = arising, appearing, manifesting
      MANASAH = mind, mental, manas
      STHITI = stability, steadiness, stable tranquility, undisturbed
      calmness
      NIBANDHANI = firmly establishes, causes, seals, holds

      MEDITATION ON THE MEANS OF SENSING: This practice is on becoming
      aware of the inner process of sensation (not merely the objects),
      using the five cognitive senses (indriyas) of smelling, tasting,
      seeing, touching, and hearing. It does not mean pursuing the object
      that you are experiencing, such as the sound you are hearing or the
      image you are seeing. Rather, it means trying to become aware of
      sensing itself. Initially, the sensing is at a more surface or gross
      level. Ultimately, the intent of the practice is to witness the
      higher or subtler inner senses.

      See also the paper on the senses:
      The Ten Senses or Indriyas
      http://www.swamij.com/indriyas.htm

      Senses section of Witnessing article:
      http://www.swamij.com/witnessing.htm#indriyas

      http://www.swamij.com
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