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Yoga Sutras of Patanjali translated by Yogi Kalinath - Chapter 1, Verse 21


Pada 1, Sutra 21

Sanskrit Verse

Tivra-samveganam asannah

Translation

Cognitive absorption or enstasy is near for those who are intensely resolute

Interpretation

When our resolution for cognitive absorption eclipses any other desire we may have or contemplate having then we are getting closer to experiencing it due to the intensity of our resolve. Our Sadhana must be regular and continuous, concentrated with attention and energized enthusiasm. Half baked efforts will at best produce half baked results.

The key to success to Samadhi and nurturing that summun bonum state of consciousness is abhyasa (spiritual practice which is regularly and constantly practiced over a long period of time) and vairagya (dispassion, in particular from the pains and pleasures in the material world which lead to delusion (or Maya)). In fact the signs of the dawning of Self-realization (i.e. realizing the Self within) is losing one’s identification with the body and the vagaries of the mind, and instead identifying oneself with the Self within through its unveiling by meditation practices and becoming detached from body, mind and matter by abandoning self as the doer by instilling the Witness Consciousness.

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