May Bliss Find Us This Week

Samyama is the art of all last three limbs of yoga happening at once, meaning -in a simplified way- that you can concentrate on an object (6th limb), without any association or memory or imagination, just it, taking it in, knowing it, for a long period of time -that is [long period] when it turns into meditation-(7th) and finally samadhi (8th), complete loss of all sensation, like being in deep sleep, only being totally awake to what really is.

Ramaswami confirmed to me last year that the only superpower a yogi is allowed to seek is that of yoga sutra 3.36, doing samyama (or putting all focusing attention) on the distinction or separation between what is real and what is not, what is cosmic consciousness and what is the stuff we make up with our minds.

This is also what Mahararaj proposes in his talks (mostly gathered in his book I Am That), as the only and clear path to freedom from the bandages of the tyrany of our minds.  Constantly asking : "Who Am I"? Says M, constantly notice that the voice saying "you can't do this" or "this is pleasant" or "I don't like this" is actually not you, but your mind.  Notice that the witness behind is really what you are. We are the witness.

I thought that this would be a good intention for a Monday morning.  To get to question as we go through the week "who really is that is having this thought"

As per yoga, what is great about it is that it establishes a solid ground on which to start pondering on the higher questions. Once the preparation and groundwork is done, once we are solidly established in a healthy body and peaceful mind, then we can finally attempt the upper limbs, the samyama, and focus it on that discrimination between what is real and what is not.  Then bliss.

May bliss find the witness this week!

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2 comments:

  1. Oye Claudia, Have you read any Byron Katie? Lovely writing on the subject of the witness.

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  2. Hi SF, I've seen a few youtube videos of her and found her work very interesting, had no idea she had talks on the witness too, soo much to see! Thanks for pointint that out.

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