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Introduction to Yoga Sutras 2.1-2.9 Minimizing Gross Colorings

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    Introduction to Yoga Sutras 2.1-2.9 MINIMIZING GROSS COLORINGS http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-20109.htm REDUCE COLORINGS BY KRIYA YOGA: In these first few
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      Introduction to Yoga Sutras 2.1-2.9
      MINIMIZING GROSS COLORINGS
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-20109.htm

      REDUCE COLORINGS BY KRIYA YOGA: In these first few sutras of Chapter
      2, specific methods are being introduced on how to minimize the gross
      colorings (kleshas) of the mental obstacles, which veil the true
      Self. (The later sutras of this chapter deal with the the subtle
      colorings of mental obstacles).

      LIVING THE THREE PRACTICES OF KRIYA YOGA: The first part of the
      process of minimizing the gross coloring is called Kriya Yoga, and
      leads one in the direction of samadhi. Kriya Yoga involves three
      parts (2.1-2.2):

      1) Training the senses (See article on Ten Senses)
      2) Studying yourself in the context of teachings
      3) Surrender of klishta (colored) thought impressions

      USES OF THE WORD KRIYA: It is important to note that the name Kriya
      Yoga is used in a variety of ways. This is described below in the
      description of sutra 2.1.

      REDUCING THE COLORINGS: The five kinds of coloring (2.3) are relate
      to spiritual ignorance (2.5), I-ness (2.6), attraction (2.7),
      aversion (2.8), and fear (2.9). The process of dealing with these
      coloring moves through four stages of active, separated, attenuated,
      and seed (2.4). (The process of coloring was first introduced in
      sutra 1.5)

      TRANSCENDING FOUR KINDS OF IGNORANCE: Ignorance (avidya) is the root
      coloring that leads to the others. It evolves and dissolves in stages
      (2.4), and is of four types (2.5), including: 1) mistaking the
      temporary for the eternal, 2) impure for pure, 3) pain for pleasure,
      and 4) not-self for self.

      FOUNDATION: Chapter 1 included the definition of Yoga (1.1-1.4), the
      principle of uncoloring thought patterns (1.5), practice and non-
      attachment (1.12-1.16), as well as a framework for focusing (1.17-
      1.18), stabilizing, and purifying the mind (1.19-1.22, 1.30-1.32,
      1.33-1.39). With this foundation, one can now begin the process of
      reducing the colorings of the thought patterns.

      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
      Witnessing Your Thoughts
      Karma and the sources of Actions, Speech, and Thoughts
      Regulating Lifestyle and the Four Basic Urges
      Training the Ten Senses or Indriyas
      Four Functions of Mind
      4 Levels and 3 Domains of Consciousness
      The 5 Koshas or Sheaths

      Links to the above articles are here:
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-20109.htm

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