As we head torwards the end of 2017 we wrap up Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras 1:40-1:50. We learn about the stages of Samadhi and how difficult it is to actually obtain full liberation, which means “to be completely free”. Recently I was watching a dance production in which the choreographer incorporated yoga postures along with Sutra text. Watching in amazement as they danced beautifully in sync to the music. I thought to myself, “Yes, they are on the path to enlightment”. Personally, I believe that with a dedicated practice the persistent yogi can achieve this in his/her lifetime.
Below is a review of 1:40-1:50 to assist you in your study goals. Please continue to work through the entire Sutras study.
1:40= Although we are all expressions of God, each one of us in some way is unique.
1:41= Samadhi- Act of knowing. Knower=man, Known=God.
1:42= Stages of Samadhi
#1= Sabikalpa- Ego is alive but dormant
#2= Ego= Soul attached to the body
1:43=#3 Nivitarka or (nirbikalpa) samadhi= God works outward from the center, man works inward from what he sees.
1:44= Differences between 1 & 2
1:45= When one achieves oneness with the infinite all is perceived as part of great oneness
1:46=Any thought of ego brings the yogi down from that high state into delusion.
In #2 (Ego) You can’t fall from that state but you must go through all past lives & realize God himself played every role.
Everything is God.
Even Satan is really only an instrument of God.
In #2 (Ego) one has vanquished the ego but there remains the memory of his past delusion. You must now free yourself of identity with the past lives. The goal of this life is to seek God.
#3 Moksha= Full liberation
1:47= Nirbichara Samadhi= Completely pure, impossible to fall again. Attachment to the ego has been destroyed.
1:48= Absolute consciousness, all other joys are incomplete.
1:49= The meaning of this sutra is self-evident
1:50= “I am Free”- awareness time!!!