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

Raja Yoga Sutra Selection # 25

From Discourse I: "Samadhi Pada- On Contemplations"

I.17. VITARKA-VICHAARAANANDAASMITAANUGAMAAT SAMPRJNAATAH

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

Commentary(continued):
In their search to find out about matter, scientists employ this method. They concentrate on an element and experiment to discover its nature. Thus they have learned how to split the atom and utilize its energy for constructive or destructive purposes; Modern man can now push a button and explode a hydrogen bomb. Knowledge of something not only gives control over it, but over those who have no knowledge of it. One buys a certain brand of toothpaste in preference to another out of ignorance; the advertisers know human weakness. They claim that one brand has more sex appeal then other, thus play on the weaknesses of the mind. Everybody manipulates power in this way. Politicians concentrate their energies on outwitting each other and the public. They come up with such mantras as "Law and Order" and "Peace and Honor" , and bombard the public with their energy in order to control the mass mind. Even some yogis and swamis use such simple, silly tricks and devices as tiger skins, turbans and beards to capture one's imagination and hence the mind, If the mind can be tricked, it can be controlled.

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