Random Quotes and Sutras
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
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Raja Yoga Sutra by Patanjali, with commentary by Sri Swami Sivananda - Random SelectionRaja Yoga Sutra Selection # 49
From Discourse I: "Samadhi Pada- On Contemplations"
I.33. MAITREE-KARUNAA-MUDITOPEKSHAANAAM SUKHADUKHA-PUNYAAPUNYA-'
VISHAYAANAAM BHAAVANAATAS CHITTA-PRASAADANAM
'The mind becomes clear through the cultivation of friendliness, kindness, contentment, and indifference towards happiness, vice and virtue'.
Taming of the mind requires the development of good will and universal love toward all. Any kind of negative feeling or identification with the dualities of good and bad destroys peace of mind.
I.34. PRACCHARDANA-VIDHAARANAABHYAAM VAA PRAANASYA
'It is also achieved by the expulsion and retention of breath.'
This is reference to the practice of 'pranayama' as a method of purification. Regulation of breath gives control over the thought waves, for control of breath gives control over the thought waves, for control of breath is directly related to control of mind. There are many 'pranayama' exercise, each of which has a special effect on the autonomic nervous system and the psyche.