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Intro to Yoga Sutras 3.09-3.16 Subtle Transitions & Samyama

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    Introduction to Yoga Sutras 3.09-3.16 WITNESSING SUBTLE TRANSITIONS WITH SAMYAMA http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-30916.htm WHAT IS AN OBJECT? We normally
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      Introduction to Yoga Sutras 3.09-3.16
      WITNESSING SUBTLE TRANSITIONS WITH SAMYAMA
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-30916.htm

      WHAT IS AN OBJECT?

      We normally think of an object as something you can touch, or hold in
      your hand. However, an object need not necessarily be material in
      that sense.

      TRANSITION IS AN OBJECT:

      Think of a car, which is a material object. When it is driving down
      the road, there is the kinetic energy of motion. That motion itself
      is also an object of sorts; it is some-thing, though having no
      molecules of its own. Now, imagine that your car either accelerates
      or decelerates. The change, shift, or transition is, itself, a
      separate object, though quite related to both the car as object, and
      the motion as object.

      THOUGHTS HAVE TRANSITIONS:

      Similar to the car above, thoughts are also objects. However, the
      thoughts in the mind field not only interact with one another; they
      also come and go. Just imagine for a moment that you had mastery over
      that process of the coming and going of the thoughts, the
      transitions. With mastery over the transition process itself, you
      would gain tremendous insight and mastery over the thoughts
      themselves, as well as the subtlest inner transitions of mental
      process. Those subtle transitions are also objects themselves,
      subject to exploration and witnessing, as well as to setting aside
      through non-attachment (1.15).

      THREE SUBTLE TRANSITIONS ARE WITNESSED:

      You become witness not only to thoughts as we normally think of
      thoughts, but also to the transition process of how they are coming,
      being, and going.

      1) NIRODHAH:

      You become witness to the process of transitioning into mastery over
      thought patterns (nirodhah-parinamah, 3.9, 1.2), since that
      transition is an object.

      2) SAMADHI:

      You become witness to the process of transitioning into the higher
      state of meditation (samadhi-parinamah, 3.11), since that transition
      is an object.

      3) EKAGRA:

      You become witness to the process of transitioning into one-
      pointedness of mind (ekagra-parinamah, 3.12), since that transition
      is an object.

      MASTERY OF TRANSITION BRINGS MASTERY OF THOUGHTS:

      By mastering these three types of transition process, mastery can be
      gained over all of the particular thought patterns subject to these
      processes. It brings mastery over the life cycle process of the
      countless objects of the mind field. Samyama was introduced as the
      finer tool (3.4-3.6), and this process of dealing with transitions is
      a finer use of that tool. In this way, we come to see that purifying
      the mind does not mean a detailed psychological analysis of each
      thought, but rather, gaining mastery over the life cycle of those
      thoughts.

      THE TRANSITIONS ARE LATER TRANSCENDED:

      The inner journey of Yoga systematically encounters and then moves
      through layer after layer of experience, each time moving past
      another level of ignorance or avidya (2.5). While the mastery of the
      subtle transitions described in this section brings such a new level,
      it too is only a stage to experience. In the most subtle stages of
      practice, even these transitions are transcended through dharma-
      meghah samadhi. (4.32)

      TRANSITIONS: NEW YEARS AND
      NEW MOMENTS IN LIFE AND MEDITATION

      The transition from one year to the next year happens in an
      infinitely short moment that is actually non-existent in time. So
      too, there are transitions in the moments of life and the moments of
      meditation. Mindfulness of transitions in daily life and during
      meditation time is extremely useful on the spiritual journey to
      enlightenment. The recording ends with a 15-minute guided
      contemplative meditation on Transitions, which begins at 54:42.
      Podcast Date: Dec 30, 2006 Length 1:09:25
      http://swamij.com/podcast/061230-transitions.mp3
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