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Raja Yoga Sutra by Patanjali, with commentary by Sri Swami Sivananda - Random Selection

Raja Yoga Sutra Selection # 32

From Discourse I: "Samadhi Pada- On Contemplations"

I.18. VIRAAMA-PRATYAYAABHYAASA-POORVAH SAMSKAARA-SHESHO'NYAH

'"Asamprajnata samadhi" (seedless state) is reached when all mental activity ceases and only unmanifested impression remain in the mind.'

Commentary:
'Asmprajnata' or seedless 'samadhi' , is the most clearly grasped if there is an understanding of the seven 'bhumikas', the stages of consciousness which lead to Self-Realization. These are : A. 'Subhecha' :longing for truth. One realizes his state of ignorance, and sincerely wishes to acquire spiritual knowledge. B. 'Vicharana' :right inquiry. One is convinced of the worthlessness of the world, and searches sincerely and deeply for the truth. C. 'Tanumanasa':fading of mind loses its taste for objects of the world and becomes intensely immersed in knowledge of the Soul. This corresponds to the latter states of 'savitarka' and 'nirvitarka'. D. 'Sattwapatti':purity of mind. All mental modifications are reduced to identification with the Self. This corresponds to 'sananda' and 'sasmita'. E. 'Asamsakti' :detached state. The meditator is unaffected by anything in the world, due to his knowledge of the Self. F. 'Padarthabhanava': knowledge of truth. Karma is almost completed and External things do not appear to exist. G. 'Turiya' :the state of liberation. The yogi sees God everywhere. He does not perform action, for this state is of short duration while the body and sheaths are completely burned.

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