--- In firstname.lastname@example.org
, "Jeff Belyea"
> Thanks, Bobby G.
You are very welcome, Jeff. Thanks to you too, for your good spirits
and clear writings on meditaition.
> --- In email@example.com, "texasbg2000"
> <Bigbobgraham@a...> wrote:
> > Hi Everyone:
> > Previously, Patanjali told us of the seven methods of mastery
> > the distractions to contemplation, the characteristics of
> > contemplation, the two types of bliss, the methods of dispassion
> > practice in overcoming the fluctuations of consciousness, and the
> > discriptions of the fluctuations as they fit within the five
> > categories of ignorance.
> > He first states that Yoga (union) is the restriction of the
> > fluctuations of Consciousness.
> > This will be the final installment on the first book of Yoga
> > I have mostly compared the commentaries of two very different
> > looking at the incredible work of Patanjali; Georg Feuerstein
> > Hugh D'Andrade.
> > D'Andrade has an emotional and beauty inspired look for us and
> > Feuerstein is more historical and technical. I will simply
> > D'Andrade on these last sutra of Book One.
> > Modes of Contemplation
> > I.40
> > Through perfected Contemplation
> > One's mastery extends
> > From the infinitesimal to the infinite.
> > I.41
> > When all mental disturbance has dwindled
> > And one's mind, clear as a crystal,
> > Reflects the Knower, the Knowing process, and the Known,
> > Then the mind takes on the quality
> > Of that which it contemplates.
> > I.42
> > Contemplation begins with Investigation,
> > In which the mind accepts the commingling of a word,
> > The Object indicated by the word,
> > And the idea underlying the word.
> > I.43
> > The next mode of Contemplation is Higher Investigation,
> > In which the mind penetrates beyond memory and reason
> > To discover the thing as it is.
> > I.44
> > The next mode of Contemplation
> > Embraces the Subtle Energies of the universe,
> > First through the stage of Discernment,
> > Then through the stage of Higher Discernment,
> > I.45
> > Through such Contemplation
> > One ascends from height to height
> > To the comprehension
> > Of the Final Substance-energy of Being.
> > I.46
> > These states of Contemplation are called Seeded
> > For they concern manifestation
> > And have inherent power
> > To bear fruit in their own due time.
> > Illumination and Direct Insight
> > I.47
> > When one gains Higher Discernment
> > The mind shines with a steady radiance
> > Which illumines all things.
> > I.48
> > Thus comes Direct Insight into Truth.
> > I.49
> > Direct Insight into Truth
> > Is free from the shortcomings
> > Of teaching and reason.
> > I.50
> > Direct Insight takes supreme command
> > Over all one's impressions, attitudes,
> > Mental patterns and modes of thought.
> > I.51
> > When Direct Insight yields to Seedless Contemplation
> > Individual existence merges into Cosmic Being.
> > End of Book One.
> > At the beginning of the Book Two, Patanjali concisely presents
> > complete methodology of Kriya Yoga, which incorporates the eight
> > limbs of Ashtanga Yoga in addition to all other considerations
> > practice and dispassion. Then each facet of this methodology is
> > described in more detail.
> > Love,
> > Bobby G.