- Jun 2, 2004--- In email@example.com, "texasbg2000"
> Dear Ones:Dear Sri Bobby G,
> Patanjali gives primary importance to two things which caught my
> In Book One of Yoga Sutra, Patanjali starts with the Fluctuations of
> Consciousness (individual thoughts and sleep):
> valid cognition, misconception, conceptualisation (fantasy), sleep,
> and memory. He says they may be afflicted or non-afflicted.
> Book Two he starts with the Afflictions: ignorance (which also
> causes the other afflictions), I-am-ness,attachment, aversion, the
> will to live. Ignorance as defined here is the inate belief in a
> false self, the attribution of that which is the pure Self to that
> which is Non-Self (ephemeral).
> If a valid perception, or any of the fluctuations, is caused by one
> of these afflictions then it is tainted by coloration. To erase
> coloration is the goal of Yoga Sutra. Ironically this is called
> Selflessness. The study of the categories of
> thought (fluctuations) and the root cause of their production (the
> afflictions) in oneself as an everyday mental attitude is part of the
> study of Raja Yoga.
> Book Two. 11-The fluctuations of the causes of affliction are to be
> overcome by meditative absorption.
> Sounds easy!
> Bobby G.
Thank you so much for this light and wisdom. Your "Sounds easy"
reminds me of a great (very unknown) rock and roll song by the
greatest basketball player ever - Wilt Chamberland - titled "That's
Easy To Say, But So Hard To Do". And I have no doubt that the study
and implimentation of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras do make experiencing
Peace and blessings,
PS: For an excellent brief description of the 8 parts of Raja Yoga,
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