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

Raja Yoga Sutra Selection # 27

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):
'Samanu pranayama', the process by which the astral tubes are cleansed, is another example of 'nirvitarka' meditation. It is a breathing exercise accompanied by simultaneous concentration on the psychic centers, their corresponding elements, and elements out of time and space and directly uses their vibrational energy to purify the subtle astral channels. In repeating the seed sound 'RAM', one is not dealing with actual burning fire but with its subtle elements. By controlling the subtle elements one can perform miracles in the eyes of ordinary people, one is not necessarily progressing on the spiritual path. The mind, through concentrated, is fixed on unreal and limited objects not on the self. Meditation on the elements can only bring powers. It cannot bring liberation. Like a battery running down or a diminishing bank account, the powers run out, and their exhibition is limited. The higher the powers, the more voltage is used up. When they disappear, one must start at the bottom of spiritual ladder again in the next lifetime.

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