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Yoga Sutras of Patanjali translated by Yogi Kalinath - Chapter 1, Verse 19


Pada 1, Sutra 19

Sanskrit Verse

Bhava-pratyayo videha-prakrti-layanam

Translation

When enstasy is not accompanied by detachment, the Yogi will either experience being diffused into Prakrti (unmanifest primary matter) or existing in a bodiless state due to their remaining psychological content.

Interpretation

The Yogi must transcend any type of phenomenon should he/she attain Moksha or Liberation. Any desires left in consciousness will propel one to experience. The only becoming should be simply to be realizing the state of ‘Beingness’ by the cessation of all fluctuations of the mind-stuff. Otherwise one will become absorbed into and thereby identify with an aspect that is not ultimately the Self such as Nature or as a disincarnate god, instead of the Realization whilst in the human form that one is ultimately God as the Self Within. That is the true end goal, the ultimate purpose of the human birth. The Sage seeks neither spiritual/psychic powers (Siddhis) nor Heaven (which in itself is a plane of consciousness and therefore limiting in concept and temporary in nature).

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