Random Quotes and Sutras
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Random Daily QuoteMeditate "I am fearless, Immortal Soul." Fear will vanish.
Raja Yoga Sutra by Patanjali, with commentary by Sri Swami Sivananda - Random SelectionRaja Yoga Sutra Selection # 149
From Discourse IV: "Kaivalya Pada- On Realization" [Introduction to the Fourth Chapter] The final chapter of Patanjali's Raja Yoga Sutras discusses 'kaivalya', liberation or independence. The full-blown yogi develops perfect discrimination, or the ability to distinguish the Real from the unreal. He is no longer addicted by the three gunas of nature, and can distinguish 'Purusha'(Soul) from 'Prakriti'(nature).
IV.1. JANMAUSADHI-MANTRA-TAPAH-SAMADHI JAH SIDDHAYAH
'"Siddhis" are attained as a result of birth, medicinal herbs, Mantras, austerities or "samadhi"(Super-Consciousness)'.
Siddhis that are brought into the present life by birth indicate their attainment in a previous life, but it does not guarantee that the individual is making proper use of them in this life. Those gained through chemical means are not necessarily associated with any level of spirituality at all, and can be easily governed by the ego. Siddhis achieved by Mantra repetition or tapas, austerities, are generally of a very high order as long as they are performed for attaining God- Realization rather than personal or material gain. Powers that come from 'samadhi' are the purest, for they come to the aspirant without being desired. It must be remembered that siddhis are not the aim but a by-product of the path to God-Realization.