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Monday, December 9, 2013
Random Daily QuoteThe Brihadaranyaka Upanishad is the oldest of the exising Upanishads. It icontains many treasures of spiritual knowledge.
Raja Yoga Sutra by Patanjali, with commentary by Sri Swami Sivananda - Random SelectionRaja Yoga Sutra Selection # 113
From Discourse II: "Sadhana Pada- On Spiritual Disciplines"
II.54. SVA-VISAYASAMPRAYOGE CITTA-SVARUPANUKARA INVENDRIYANAM PRATYAHARAH.
'Pranayama is the imitation of mind by the senses, which comes by withdrawing the senses from their objects'.
In meditation the mind is withdrawn from external stimulation so that it can be at peace. 'Pranayama' the fifth limb if Yoga, involves the same thing with the senses. Whatever objects are agitating to the senses are simply eliminated from sensory contact. The eyes do not watch a stimulating film. The ears are given an opportunity to hear music that raises feelings of discontent. The tongue is given no opportunity to taste food that is detrimental. In this way the mind is much less likely to take on thought forms which are detrimental since the sense-organs are withdrawn from the objects that cause unwanted 'vrittis' to arise. A good portion of the more difficult aspects of discipline can be dealt with in this way, and the mind is more easily stilled.