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Friday, September 7, 2012

Samyama and Kaivalya (From Human to God,From God to Eternal Spirit) : Explained by Swami Vivekananda


Samyama (from Sanskrit संयम saṃ-yama—holding together, tying up, binding). Combined simultaneous practice of Dhāraṇā (concentration), Dhyāna (meditation) & Samādhi (union). A tool to receive deeper knowledge of qualities of the object. It is a catch-all term summarizing the process of psychological absorption in the object of meditation.

How are we to know that the mind has become concentrated ?
Because time will vanish. The more time vanishes the more concentrated we are. In common life we see that when were are interested in a book we do not note the time at all, and when we leave the book we are often surprised to find how many hours have passed. All time will have the tendency to come and stand in the one present. So the definition is given, when the past and present come and stand in one, the more concentrated the mind.

- Aphorism of Patanjali's Yogasutra' by Swami Vivekananda.Sutra 12.VIBHOOTI PADA

Each experience that we have comes in the form of a wave in the Chitta, and this subsides and becomes finer and finer, but is never lost. It remains there in minute form, and if we can bring this wave up again, it becomes memory. So, if the Yogi can make a Samyama on these past impressions in the mind, he will begin to remember all his past lives.
- Aphorism of Patanjali's Yogasutra' by Swami Vivekananda.Sutra 18.VIBHOOTI PADA

A Yogi standing in the midst of this room can apparently vanish. He does not really vanish, but he will not be seen by anyone. The form and the body are, as it were, separated. You must remember that this can only be done when the Yogi has attained to that power of concentration when form and the thing formed have been separated. Then he makes a Samyama on that, and the power to perceive forms is obstructed,because the power of perceiving forms comes from the junction of form and the thing formed.

- Aphorism of Patanjali's Yogasutra' by Swami Vivekananda.Sutra 21.VIBHOOTI PADA

When the Yogi makes a Samyama on his own Karma, upon those impressions in his mind which are now working, and those which are just waiting to work, he knows exactly by those that are waiting when his body will fall. He knows when he will die, at what hour, even at what minute. The Hindus think very much of that knowledge or consciousness of the nearness of death, because it is taught in the Gita that the thoughts at the moment of departure are great powers in determining the next life.

-Aphorism of Patanjali's Yogasutra' by Swami Vivekananda.Sutra 23.VIBHOOTI PADA

When a Yogi has attained to this Samyama and wants strength,he makes a Samyama on the strength of the elephant, and gets it. Infinite energy is at the disposal of everyone, if he only knows how to get it. The Yogi has discovered the science of getting it.

- Aphorism of Patanjali's Yogasutra' by Swami Vivekananda.Sutra 23.VIBHOOTI PADA.

When the Yogi makes Samyama on that effulgent light in the heart he sees things which are very remote, things, for instance, that are happening in a distant place, and which are obstructed by mountain barriers and also things which are very fine.

-Aphorism of Patanjali's Yogasutra' by Swami Vivekananda.Sutra 25.VIBHOOTI PADA

All these can come without any Samyama to the man who has the power of Pratibha (enlightenment from purity). This is when a man has risen to a high state of Pratibha; then he has that great light. All things are apparent to him. Everything comes to him naturally, without making Samyama on anything.

-Aphorism of Patanjali's Yogasutra' by Swami Vivekananda.Sutra 34.VIBHOOTI PADA

If the Yogi knows all these enjoyments of the world it comes by the junction of the Purusa and the mind. If he wants to make Samyama on this, that they are two different things,nature and soul, he gets knowledge of the Purusa. From that arises discrimination. When he has got that discrimination he gets the Pratibha, the light of supreme genius. These powers, however, are obstructions to the attainment of the highest goal, the knowledge of the pure Self, and freedom; these are, as it were, to be met in the way, and if the Yogi rejects them, he attains the highest. If he is tempted to acquire these, his farther progress is barred.

-Aphorism of Patanjali's Yogasutra' by Swami Vivekananda.Sutra 38.VIBHOOTI PADA

The Yogi can enter a dead body, and make it get up and move,even while he himself is working in another body. Or he can enter a living body, and hold that man’s mind and organs in check, and for the time being act through the body of that man. That is done by the Yogi coming to this discrimination of Purusa and nature. If he wants to enter another’s body he makes a Samyama on that body and enters it, because, not only is his Soul omnipresent, but his mind also, according to

-Aphorism of Patanjali's Yogasutra' by Swami Vivekananda.Sutra 39.VIBHOOTI PADA

Udana is the name of the nerve current that governs the lungs,and all the upper parts of the body, and when he is master of it he becomes light in weight. He cannot sink in water; he can walk on thorns and sword baldes, and stand in fire, and so on.

-Aphorism of Patanjali's Yogasutra' by Swami Vivekananda.Sutra 40.VIBHOOTI PADA

There is the Akasa, the ether, and the instrument, the ear. By making Samyama on them the Yogi gets divine hearing; he hears everything. Anything spoken or sounded miles away he can here.

-Aphorism of Patanjali's Yogasutra' by Swami Vivekananda.Sutra 42.VIBHOOTI PADA

This Akasa is the material of this body; it is only Akasa in a certain form that has become the body. If the Yogi makes Samyama on this Akasa material of his body, it acquires the lightness of Akasa, and can go anywhere through the air.

-Aphorism of Patanjali's Yogasutra' by Swami Vivekananda.Sutra 43.VIBHOOTI PADA

The mind in its foolishness thinks that it is working in this body. Why should I be bound by one system of nerves, and put the Ego only in one body, if the mind is omnipresent?

-Aphorism of Patanjali's Yogasutra' by Swami Vivekananda.Sutra 44.VIBHOOTI PADA

The Yogi who has attained the eight powers. He can make himsef as light as a particle, he can make himself huge,as heavy as the earth, or as light as the air; he will rule everything he wants, he will conquer everything he wants,alion will sit at his feet like a lamb, and all his desires be fulfilled at will.

-Aphorism of Patanjali's Yogasutra' by Swami Vivekananda.Sutra 46.VIBHOOTI PADA

In perception of external objects the organs leave their place in the mind and go towards the object; that is followed by knowledge and egoism. When the Yogi makes Samyama on these by gradation he conquers the organs. Take up anything that you see or feel, a book, for instance, and first concentrate the mind on the thing itself. Then on the knowledge that it is in the form of a book, and then the Ego that sees the book. By that practice all the organs will be conquers.

-Aphorism of Patanjali's Yogasutra' by Swami Vivekananda.Sutra 48.VIBHOOTI PADA

When we have conquered nature, and realised the difference between the Purusa and nature, that the Purusa is indestructible, pure and perfect, when the Yogi has realised this, then comes omnipotence and omniscience.

-Aphorism of Patanjali's Yogasutra' by Swami Vivekananda.Sutra 50.VIBHOOTI PADA


Kaivalya :

When the soul realises that it depends on nothing in the universe, from gods to the lowest atom, that it is called Kaivalya (isolation) and perfection. It is attained when this mixture of purity and impurity called mind has been made as pure as the Purusa Itself; then the Sattva, the mind, reflects only the unqualified essence of purity, which is the Purusa.

He attains aloneness, independence. Then that man is free.When he gives up even the ideas of omnipotence and omniscience, there will be entire rejection of enjoyment, of the temptations from celestial beings. When the Yogi has seen all these wonderful powers, and rejected them, he reaches the goal. What are all these powers? Simply manifestations. They areno better than dreams. Even omnipotence is a dream. It depends on the mind. So long as there is a mind it can be understood, but the goal is beyond even the mind.

-Aphorism of Patanjali's Yogasutra' by Swami Vivekananda.Sutra 51.VIBHOOTI PADA

The Yogi should not feel allured or flattered by the overtures of celestial beings, for fear of evil again. There are other dangers too; gods and other beings come to tempt the Yogi. They do not want anyone to be perfectly free. They are jealous, just as we are, and worse than we sometimes. They are very much afraid of losing their places. Those Yogis who do not reach perfection die and become gods; leaving the direct road they go into one of the side streets, and get these powers. Then again they have to be born; but he who is strong enough to withstand these temptations, and go straight to the goal, becomes free.

-Aphorism of Patanjali's Yogasutra' by Swami Vivekananda.Sutra 52.VIBHOOTI



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