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Introduction to Yoga Sutras 3.17-3.37 Experiences from Samyama

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    Introduction to Yoga Sutras 3.17-3.37 EXPERIENCES FROM SAMYAMA http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-31737.htm SETTING ASIDE THE SUBTLER EXPERIENCES: There are
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      Introduction to Yoga Sutras 3.17-3.37
      EXPERIENCES FROM SAMYAMA
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-31737.htm

      SETTING ASIDE THE SUBTLER EXPERIENCES:

      There are numerous subtle realm experiences that come to the yogi
      after the finer tool called samyama (3.4-3.6) becomes available. Each
      of these, in their own way, is experienced so as to uncover the truth
      (1.3) behind the false identities (1.4).
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-30406.htm
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-10104.htm#1.3

      The suggestion is to set aside (1.2) as not-self all of the levels of
      our being and all the levels of discovery, seeing through the avidya
      or ignorance (2.5) by a process of discrimination (2.26-2.29) and non-
      attachment (1.15).
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-10104.htm#1.2
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-20109.htm#2.5
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-22629.htm
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-11216.htm#1.15

      POWERS OR IMPEDIMENTS:

      While some people see the coming of these experiences as powers
      (siddhis, psychic, or occult abilities) to be sought for furtherance
      of the ego identity, the true yogi sees these as nothing but the
      subtler clouds of attraction that are impediments to the realization
      of the Self. They are encountered, experienced, understood, and set
      aside (1.2, 3.38).
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-10104.htm#1.2
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-338.htm

      READING THESE SUTRAS ON EXPERIENCES:

      When reading these sutras, it is important to not feel that you must
      attain all of these experiences to progress on the path to Self-
      realization. Remember, these experiences and practices are done with
      the tool of samadhi, once that skill level is attained.

      SEEK THE HIGHEST:

      There is a myth circulating that to experience the truth you must
      first be completely, 100% purified, and that is simply not true.
      First seek the direct experience of the top of the spiritual
      mountain, and then learn to purify the subtler aspects.

      THE LATER HOUSECLEANING:

      Surely there is stabilizing and purifying needed to attain that
      direct experience, but the final house cleaning is pursued after that
      realization. For some comfort in this, note that sutra 4.27-4.28
      gives instructions on dealing with breaches in enlightenment. It
      means that one is not expected to have completed the process of
      purifying karma before realization of the highest, and that is good
      news for aspirants.
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-42728.htm
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