Random Quotes and Sutras
Friday, August 29, 2014
Random Daily QuoteHanker not after sensual pleasures. Know that the Infinite alone is Bliss. There is no pleasure in these little things of the world.
Raja Yoga Sutra by Patanjali, with commentary by Sri Swami Sivananda - Random SelectionRaja Yoga Sutra Selection # 163
From Discourse IV: "Kaivalya Pada- On Realization"
IV.21. CITTANTARA-DRSYE BUDDHI-BUDDHER ATIPRASANGAH SMRTI-SAMSKARAS CA
'If one mind could perceive another, then there would be cognition of cognition, as well as confusion of memory.'
The mind can neither perceive itself nor perceive another mind, for if this were the case there would be complete confusion of the knowledge and memory of the different minds. The mind is but an instrument; all knowledge comes from beyond it.
IV.22. CITER APRATISAMKRAMAYA TAD-AKARAPATTAU SVA-BUDDHI-SAMVEDANAM
'Knowledge of itself comes through the self-cognition which occurs when the mind is stilled.'
Patanjali has thus developed the explanation that the mind cannot perceive itself. It is 'Purusha', the Self, that perceives the mind.