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Your Complete Yoga resource. Yoga Socio-system. School of Yoga. Share this yoga resource. Patanjali Yoga Sutra Chapter 3 — Vibhuti pada First, the ability to narrow the area of brain activity is Dharana concentration.

Next, keeping the narrow activity in monotonous tone is Dhyana meditation. Finally, when word goes beyond meaning and merges into nothing, that is Samadhi Liberation.

Mastery gives one luminescent awareness. But, this should be practiced in stages. These three are more internal as compared with the previous limbs. However, these are still external to the seedless state nirbeeja Samadhi. When negative inclination of mental activity is prevented by keeping it on the right course and cleansing it regularly, control is the outcome Then, serenity flows into the impressions created by mental activity.

As a result of single point focus, rising-depleting mental activity merge. Serenity confidence in ability increases with the experience of reinforcement of single pointed focus. Consequently, the serenity which arises has no direction and depends on the maturity of conditioning in the practitioner. The sequence with which change occurs is dependent on individual distinctiveness.

Meaning of the word, its reflection, context and differentiation, samyama gives one insight into all forms of communication. With training in the practice, previous lineage comes in direct cognisance to the insight. But, not the underlying nature, because that is not the intent.

In samyama, the perception form of any object to be attained becomes steady, and if required can be made invisible. Thus, the internal sounds also cease. There are 2 tyoes of Karma, that which will fructify immediately and that which will fructify later. Friendliness gives strength. This strength is like the strength of an elephant. Source of inner light can be directed to get insight into hidden and remote subtle entities Samyama on the Sun gives insight into the physical world.

Insight into the moon and stars arrangement. Insight into the Polestar Dhruva and its movement. Samyama into the nabhi chakra manipura results in insight into the constitution of the body.

Also, samyama on the laryngeal cavity base of the throat results in cessation of hunger and thirst. Next, samyama on the Koorma Nadi about 3 cm below the collar bone, just above the sternum leads to steadiness. Samyama on the radiance at the top of the head leads to visibility of liberated masters.

The balanced person who is very detached, whose attitude is even-handed towards pleasure or material goods, samyama on self-desires results in insight into manhood. This results in intuitive hearing, touch, sight, taste and smell. These are not a hindrance for those that have attained samadhi, but for those still materially oriented. Also, when the cause of bonds is relinquished, it is possible to enter other bodies with knowledge of the nerve channels nadis.

By gaining control over the udana-vayu the vayu above the chest , one can sever contact with water, mud, swamp, thorn and so on and control over dying. Next, by controlling the samana-vayu the digestive vayu , fire is controlled.

Samyama on the equality of relationship between hearing and space gives divine hearing. Next, samyama on the equality of relationship between the body and space gives the body lightness of cotton to move in space. Samyama on external dispositions which are large and bodyless, thence the light destroys the veil covering the knowledge. By samyama on the gross, the own form and the subtle meaning of existence, one gets control over present awareness.

When the ability to reduce in size animan is manifested to perfection, the ability to conform to conditioning faces no resistance. Form, grace and charm, strength and adamantine like hardness are acquired by the perfect body. Samyama on the function and connection between the attachment of Self to the body results in control over sentience.

Thence, there is quickness of understanding and mastery over disturbing situations. The difference between a balanced person and others is that he has mastery over all feelings and insight into the Self. That non-attachment vairagyam destroys even the seed of impurity and results in liberation.

He should avoid being enamoured by invitations from high positions for undesirable results come from such contacts. Whether in a moment or after successive efforts in meditation, discrimination vivekam is gained from it. There is knowledge of lineage, quality of character, region desau-anyata , lack of distinguishing features between any 2 entities.

Liberation from all topics simultaneously and completely comes from knowledge born out of discrimination vivekam. The harmonious person achieves liberation due to cleanliness and treating all entities equally. We value your Yoga experience and we would like you to share and enrich other practitioners so that everyone benefits.

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Patanjali has completed describing the first five limbs of Astanga yoga, the outer or external practices. Now he refines the three inner practices, dharana, dhyana and samadhi, which he will then combine into a single practice, samyama. These powers are not the end point in yoga, which is liberation, but arise as the result of intense practice sadhana. To the modern mind some of these powers seem pretty wild, but they probably reflect a culture that enquired deeply into the shamanic realms that the modern world has lost touch with. We are so confined to the physical plane that the esoteric aspects of creation have disappeared form modern culture. Notice that this is a form of abhyasa , practicing to stabilize the mind introduced in I —


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This chapter describes the capacity of the mind which can achieve a state free from distractions. Such a mind can probe deeply into objects and concepts into dimensions previously unknown. This knowledge, or power, can become a source of distraction and can prevent a person from reaching the highest state of being. When we put our whole heart and soul into achieving a goal on our path, gratifying rewards and results incidentally come our way.


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Samadhi, the immediate goal of yogic life was discussed in chapter one Samadhi Pada. Sadhana Pada, the second chapter gave us a preparatory technique to achieve this goal. The specially of the 8-fold path Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali is its being a systematic and scientific process. There is no mysterious jump in the unknown here.

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