Yoga Sutra 2.27 Seven insights come to one with discriminative knowledge
- Yoga Sutra 2.27:
SEVEN INSIGHTS COME TO ONE WITH DISCRIMINATIVE KNOWLEDGE
YOGA SUTRA 2.27:
Seven kinds of ultimate insight come to one who has attained this
degree of discrimination.
(tasya saptadha pranta bhumih prajna)
tasya == to one, to such a person
saptadha == sevenfold
pranta == final, ultimate
bhumih == stage, level, degree
prajna == discrimination, insight, wisdom, cognizing consciousness
MANY INSIGHTS ARE REVEALED:
As that discriminative knowledge unfolds (2.26), there is a
tremendous amount of insight or wisdom that comes. Though it is not
realistic to count them all, Patanjali states that seven types of
ultimate insight come as a result of the intense practice of
discrimination through the rungs of Yoga (3.4-3.6).
SEVEN TYPES OF INSIGHT:
The commentator Vyasa describes these seven insights briefly. It is
important to understand that the insights are meant to be indicative
of the final stages of discriminative knowledge, not that these are
to serve as a checklist, or goals of powers to attain. These seven
are a reflection of the consequences from the whole process of Yoga
described in the Yoga Sutras.
1) The deep inner sources of future suffering, which would have
played out as karma, have been identified, and the mind is no longer
drawn towards those thought patterns.
2) The root causes or deep impressions providing the potential for
that karma to play out have been removed, with nothing more needing
to be done with them.
3) Through the mastery (nirodhah) attained by deep absorption
(samadhi), the wisdom of realization has been attained.
4) Discrimination has brought sufficient discriminative knowledge
that nothing further remains about which to inquire.
5) Buddhi, the higher discriminative aspect, has fulfilled its
purpose and stands alone, with nothing more to do.
6) The activities of buddhi, no longer needed, come to rest as a
stone, which has rolled down a mountain, having no need to arise
7) Pure consciousness, Purusha, stands alone, in its true, eternal