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Yoga Sutra 2.11: Reducing Colorings to Mere Potential through Meditation

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    Yoga Sutras: Yoga Sutra 2.11 REDUCING COLORINGS (KLESHAS) TO MERE POTENTIAL THROUGH MEDITATION http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-21011.htm#2.11 YOGA SUTRA
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      Yoga Sutras: Yoga Sutra 2.11
      REDUCING COLORINGS (KLESHAS) TO MERE POTENTIAL THROUGH MEDITATION
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-21011.htm#2.11

      YOGA SUTRA 2.11: When the modifications still have some potency of
      coloring (klishta), they are brought to the state of mere potential
      by meditation (dhyana).
      (dhyana heyah tat vrittayah)

      dhyana = meditation
      heyah = to be overcome, reduced, abandoned, destroyed
      tat = that
      vrittayah = operations, activities, fluctuations, modifications,
      changes, or various forms of the mind-field

      BRINGING COLORED THOUGHTS TO MERE POTENTIAL:
      The previous sutra (2.10) described how the colored thought patterns,
      klishta vrittis (2.3), that have been reduced to merely potential or
      seed form are transcended by the temporary dissolution of the mind.
      Before that, in sutras 2.1-2.9, the means of weakening the gross
      level of colorings was described. Now, this current sutra describes
      the process of how those somewhat weakened klishta vrittis are
      further weakened into mere potential form by meditation.

      The process works somewhat like this:

      1) Stabilize the mind (1.33-1.39)
      2) Weaken the gross colorings (2.1-2.9)
      3) Bring the colorings to seed form (2.11, the current sutra)
      4) Resolving the colorings back into the mind field (2.10, the
      previous sutra)

      THIS SUTRA IS A DIVIDING LINE:
      The later sutras in this and the following chapters extensively
      describes this process of weakening the subtle colorings. In a sense,
      this sutra (and sutra 2.10) form a dividing line between the work
      with the gross levels of mind, and the subtler explorations. This is
      a very useful principle to be aware of, as it can greatly help one to
      grasp the overview of the Yoga Sutra. Take a look again at the
      Summary page from this perspective, and it will be clear how the
      forthcoming sutras are directed towards the weakening of the subtler
      klishta vrittis (2.3).

      Summary page:
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras.htm
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