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Yoga sutras of Patanjali 1.29

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From this practice all the obstacles disappear and simultaneously dawns knowledge of the inner Self

From that remembering comes the realization of the individual Self and the removal of obstacles.

Two direct benefits of reciting the OM mantra are removal of obstacles (see next few sutras), & it is a direct route to self-realisation.

 

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1.29

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From that remembering comes the realization of the individual Self and the removal of obstacles.

From this practice all the obstacles disappear and simultaneously dawns knowledge of the inner Self.

From repeating the OM mantra, all obstacles will be removed, and this is a direct route to self-realisation. Sri Swami Satchidananda describes this as a ‘transcendence’ of your limitations.

 

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1.28

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This sound [OM] is remembered with deep feeling for the meaning of what it represents.

Repetition of That [OM] means to contemplate the meaning of That.

To repeat it [OM] with reflection upon its meaning is an aid.

Following on from the previous sutra, when we repeat the sound OM, we are practising japa (repetition). Sri Swami Satchidananda says that when you have the habit of repetition, you can think about the meaning (god, according to the sutra).

I must admit I am struggling somewhat with the evocation of ‘god’ in this section of the sutras – I am an atheist Zen Buddhist, and the concept of ‘believing in’ a supernatural deity is difficult. I am trying to widen the meaning to mean ‘universal energy’ or ‘personal inspiration, rather than ‘god’ as such. But is it possible to live a ‘yogic’ life according to the eight limbs without a belief in a ‘god’ of some kind? To try to reconcile this, for my own practice, when I repeat ‘OM’ at the beginning and end of my asana practice, I will try to think about it connecting me with the energy of the universe.

 

 

 

Yoga sutras of Patanjali: 1.27

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The sacred word designating this creative source is the sound OM, called pranava.

Pranava [Om] is the denoter of That [God].

The word expressive of ishvara is the mystic sound OM [OM is god’s name as well as form].

This sutra is saying that ‘God’ or the supreme consciousness is in the vibrations of the sound ‘AUM’. The sound is not just the name of the supreme consciousness, but is present in the vibratons of the sound itself when you say it. It conveys the exact nature of it.

Sri Swami Satchidananda quotes the Mandukya Upanishad which says that AUM contains seeds of all other sounds. He describes it as a hum, connected with prana (the basic vibration or vital life force), & says that when you meditate, you experience this hum.

This blog explains the visual OM symbol nicely:

The lower curve represents the Gross, Conscious, and Waking state level, called Vaishvanara.

The center curve represents the Subtle, Unconscious, and Dreaming level, called Taijasa.The upper curve represents the Causal, Subconscious, and Deep Sleep level, called Prajna.

The dot, point, or bindu represents the fourth state, the absolute consciousness, which encompasses, permeates, and is the other three, and is called Turiya.

The arc below the dot symbolizes the separateness of this fourth state, standing above, though ever remaining part of the other three.