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  • texasbg2000
    ... You are very welcome, Jeff. Thanks to you too, for your good spirits and clear writings on meditaition. Love, Bobby G. ... over ... and ... larger ...
    Message 1 of 3 , Jun 3, 2003
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      --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, "Jeff Belyea"
      <jeff@s...> wrote:
      > Thanks, Bobby G.

      You are very welcome, Jeff. Thanks to you too, for your good spirits
      and clear writings on meditaition.

      Love,
      Bobby G.

      >
      > --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, "texasbg2000"
      > <Bigbobgraham@a...> wrote:
      > > Hi Everyone:
      > >
      > > Previously, Patanjali told us of the seven methods of mastery
      over
      > > the distractions to contemplation, the characteristics of
      > > contemplation, the two types of bliss, the methods of dispassion
      and
      > > practice in overcoming the fluctuations of consciousness, and the
      > > discriptions of the fluctuations as they fit within the five
      larger
      > > 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
      Sutra.
      > > I have mostly compared the commentaries of two very different
      ways of
      > > looking at the incredible work of Patanjali; Georg Feuerstein
      and
      > > Hugh D'Andrade.
      > >
      > > D'Andrade has an emotional and beauty inspired look for us and
      > > Feuerstein is more historical and technical. I will simply
      quote
      > > 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
      the
      > > complete methodology of Kriya Yoga, which incorporates the eight
      > > limbs of Ashtanga Yoga in addition to all other considerations
      for
      > > practice and dispassion. Then each facet of this methodology is
      > > described in more detail.
      > >
      > > Love,
      > > Bobby G.
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