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Behold the Divinity in all beings. Greet everyone as the Lord Himself. Feel the presence of the Lord everywhere.

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

Raja Yoga Sutra Selection # 26

From Discourse I: "Samadhi Pada- On Contemplations"


'"Samprajnata samadhi" ("samadhi" with consciousness) is accompanied by reasoning, discrimination, bliss, and an awareness of individuality.'

Gaining power over an element is not a miracle; it is only knowing its secret. Laboratory experimentation is, in effect, scientific meditation. When the scientist discovers what has caused a certain mysterious diseases, he will then have basis to manipulate and control its energy. By concentrating on one element and excluding all other, he gains direct knowledge. This is 'savitarka' meditation. Its goal is the acquisition of powers, but one can never go beyond that. When meditation is on the same gross elements, but they are isolated from time and physical space, and considered as being in the original state, it is called 'nirvitarka', with out question. This is the mode of approach practiced in Kundalini Yoga. It is the type of 'samadhi' that is reached through meditation on more subtle energy forces, 'chakras', visualizations, and symbols. In meditating on the 'chakras' or psychic centers, and their corresponding elements, no are being asked. The centers and elements involved in this subtle state are directly visualized. As they do not exist in the material world, they are outside of the meditative process itself. Questioning and experimentation are not involved, nor are meaning and power being sought. Only discrimination is applied in order to remain focused on the chosen image and sound. Control over the elements and the attainment come as fringe benefits. They are not the goal.

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