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Yoga Sutra 2.26 Discriminative knowledge is the means of liberation

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    Yoga Sutra 2.26: DISCRIMINATIVE KNOWLEDGE IS THE MEANS OF LIBERATION http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-22629.htm#2.26 (Useful graphics are shown at this link)
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      Yoga Sutra 2.26:
      DISCRIMINATIVE KNOWLEDGE IS THE MEANS OF LIBERATION
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-22629.htm#2.26
      (Useful graphics are shown at this link)

      YOGA SUTRA 2.26:
      Clear, distinct, unimpaired discriminative knowledge is the means of
      liberation from this alliance.
      (viveka khyatih aviplava hana upayah)

      viveka-khyatih == discriminative knowledge (viveka == discriminative,
      discernment; khyatih == knowledge, correct cognition, clarity,
      awareness)
      aviplava == undisturbed, without vacillation, uninterrupted
      hana == of removal, of avoidance
      upayah == the means, way, method

      REMOVING AVIDYA OR IGNORANCE:
      The last section dealt with the process of breaking the alliance of
      karma (2.12-2.25), particularly through causing an absence of
      ignorance (avidya) (2.24, 2.25), which is of four major forms (2.5):
      1) regarding that which is transient as eternal, 2) mistaking the
      impure for pure, 3) thinking that which brings misery to bring
      happiness, and 4) taking that which is not-self to be self.

      DISCRIMINATIVE KNOWLEDGE IS THE MEANS:
      Here, in this current sutra, discriminative knowledge is introduced
      as the key to liberation from this alliance to ignorance (avidya).
      Discriminative knowledge is the key to the entire science of Yoga.
      Through discrimination, one gradually, systematically separates the
      seer from the seen (2.17, 2.12-2.25), until the final realization of
      the true, eternal Self dawns (1.3, 4.22-4.26).

      WHAT IS DISCRIMINATION?:
      Discrimination is a process of sorting out between this and that.
      This sorting out process may begin at the most external level of our
      relationship with the world, such as in practicing principles such as
      non-injury or truthfulness (2.34). It may include purifying the gross
      colorings of the mind (2.1-2.9), or the more subtle colorings (2.10-
      2.11). Over and over, this razor sharp discrimination (3.4-3.6) cuts
      ever deeper into the levels of false identities (1.5) habitually
      clouding the true Self (1.4).

      DISCRIMINATIVE ENLIGHTENMENT:
      Through the repeated process of attaining discriminative knowledge
      through those many gross, subtle, and subtler levels of our being
      (1.17), comes discriminative enlightenment (4.22-4.26). It is an
      ongoing process of discriminating between Self and non-Self, until
      the Self is seen to stand alone (1.3).

      SEE ALSO the article:
      Coordinating the Four Functions of Mind
      http://www.swamij.com/fourfunctionsmind.htm
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