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Raja Yoga Sutra Selection # 121

From Discourse III: "Vibhuti Pada- On Divine Powers"

III.11. SARVARTHAAIKAGRATAYOH KSAYODAYAU CTTASYA SAMADHIPARINAMAH

'The transformation (leading to the ability to enter) "samadhi" (Super-Consciousness) comes gradually through the elimination of distractions and the rise of one-pointedness'.

Commentary:
Both control of the mind, as described in sutra nine, and entering

'samadhi' are gradual transformations. This is being emphasized because of the inherent responsibility involved in entering the higher levels of consciousness.

III.12. TATAH PUNAH SANTODITAU TULYA-PRATYAYAU CITTASYAIKAGRATAPARINAMAH 'One-pointedness of the mind occurs when the contents of the mind that rise and fall at two different moments are exactly the same'.

Commentary:
'Vrittis' are called thought waves, for they are rising and falling moment by moment. In normal thinking, there are literally thousands of different waves within just a few minutes. As one vritti falls, another rises-one after another in succession, for the mind can only entertain one thought at a time. One-pointedness occurs when the vritti that is falling and the vritti that is arising both carry the same thought.

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