In the Yoga Sūtra, the pre-eminent text on Dhyānam within Yoga……

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In the Yoga Sūtra, the pre-eminent text on Dhyānam within Yoga.

Book One is about the Process of the practice of Dhyānam;
Book Two is about the Preparation for the practice of Dhyānam;
Book Three is about the Outcome of the practice of Dhyānam;
Book Four is about the Goal of the practice of Dhyānam.

The Das Indriya or ten senses of experience and action……

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The Das Indriya or ten senses of experience and action,
whilst seen as belonging to the Bāhya Aṅga or five external limbs
in the eight limb Aṣṭa Aṅga Yoga of Patañjali,
are also the gateway to the Antar Aṅga or three internal limbs.

Prāṇāyāma brings fitness of the mind for concentration.

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धारणासु च योग्यता मनसः ॥५३॥
dhāraṇāsu ca yogyatā manasaḥ

“As Prāṇāyāma dissolves the covering of the light,
fitness of the mind for concentration arises.”
Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 53

From Prāṇāyāma the covering of the light dissolves.

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ततः क्षीयते प्रकाशावरणम् ॥५२॥
tataḥ kṣīyate prakāśa-āvaraṇam

“From Prāṇāyāma the covering of the light dissolves.”
Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 52

Negative reasoning such as harming and the rest……

Patanjali Yoga Sutra

vitarkāḥ hiṃsā-ādayaḥ
kṛta-kārita-anumoditāḥ
lobha-krodha-moha-pūrvakāḥ
mṛdu-madhya-adhimātrāḥ
duḥkha-ajñāna-ananta-phalāḥ
iti pratipakṣa-bhāvanam |

“Negative reasoning such as harming and the rest;
may be done, brought about, or by approval;
is preceded by greed, anger or delusion;
may be mild, moderate or intense;
its infinite fruits are suffering and ignorance;
thus cultivate the opposite side.”
– Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 34

When oppressed by negative reasoning cultivate the opposite side.

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वितर्कबाधने प्रतिपक्षभावनम् ॥३३॥

vitarka-bādhane pratipakṣa-bhāvanam

“When oppressed by negative reasoning cultivate the opposite side.”
– Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 33

Yoga Practice is about a re-turning towards our inner life.

Yoga Practice is about a re-turning towards our inner life.

Yoga Practice is about a re-turning towards our inner life. However, even without outer obstacles, we can encounter inner feelings that arise and manifest as obstacles to that re-turning.

Here it might be helpful to reflect on the four pillars of Maitrī, Karuṇā, Muditā and Upekṣā and the role they can have in helping to transform the unhelpful aspects of these inner feelings.

Bhāvana is a beneficial attitude that is consciously cultivated despite tendencies to the contrary”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 33

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There are some who are ruled by how they perceive the world as treating them.

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There are some who are ruled by how they perceive the world as treating them.
There are others who reflect on how they are treating the world.
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter 2 verse 15

The witness cannot be witnessed.

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“The witness cannot be witnessed.”
Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 18

Until you can experience without the desire to repeat or reject it you are subject to the impact of Saṃskāra……

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Until you can experience without the desire to repeat or reject it
you are subject to the impact of Saṃskāra or tendencies from the past.
– Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 11

To experience the spaciousness of Cit……

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To experience the spaciousness of Cit,
Yoga says practice enclosing the Citta.
Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 2-3

Cit or awareness is the heart of Yoga.

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Cit or awareness is the heart of Yoga.
Neither full nor empty, nor mine nor yours.
Awareness is as it is and is as it isn’t.

A necessary step in Yoga is to experience a state of disillusionment……

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A necessary step in Yoga is to experience a state of complete and utter disillusionment.
Arising from that is a state of Citta prepared to give up its conviction of being the Cit.

– Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

We can read the book but the book can’t read us……

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We can read the book but the book can’t read us.
Plus we tend to read a book through our Kleśa.

There are two paths for Dhyānam Sādhana……

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According to Patañjali in the Samādhi Pādaḥ or Book One,
there are two paths for cultivating Dhyānam Sādhana.
Firstly that of Jñāna Dhyānam where the Prayatna is Viyoga.
Here the Bhāvana is to unlink from the activities of the Citta.

Secondly that of Bhakti Dhyānam where the Prayatna is Yoga.
Here the Bhāvana is to link to the stillness of the Cit.
Both Sādhana lead towards the same goal,
Kaivalya or freedom from the effects of the past.

Within the effort of trying to remain there not clinging to what arises……

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Within the effort of trying to remain there not clinging to what arises within the effort of trying to remain there not clinging to what arises within the effort of trying to remain there not clinging to what arises within the effort of trying to remain there not……..
abhyāsa vairāgyābhyāṃ tat nirodhaḥ
“By both practice and dispassion that contained.”
Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 12

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