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Yoga Sutra 2.27 Seven insights come to one with discriminative knowledge

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    Yoga Sutra 2.27: SEVEN INSIGHTS COME TO ONE WITH DISCRIMINATIVE KNOWLEDGE http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-22629.htm#2.27 YOGA SUTRA 2.27: Seven kinds of
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      Yoga Sutra 2.27:
      SEVEN INSIGHTS COME TO ONE WITH DISCRIMINATIVE KNOWLEDGE
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-22629.htm#2.27

      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
      again.

      7) Pure consciousness, Purusha, stands alone, in its true, eternal
      Self.

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