Day 28 of #yogasutrachallenge: YS 1.28 Taj-japas tad-artha-bhavanam My interpretation: ‘Om’ should be repeated and meditated on We saw yesterday that Patanjali believes Isvara, the divine consciousness, is represented by ‘Om’. But for it to have any power to bring us enlightenment we should repeat it (a practice called japa) and think about it, as this brings about thoughts of the divine and a feeling of bliss. As you develop, these thoughts get more and more refined – first thinking about any mental images of pictures of Isvara you may have seen and other cultural connotations, then becoming more and more true and abstract to the point where you can perceive Isvara’s presence as pure sattva (balance). Consciousness merges with Isvara, all sense of time and space is lost and purusha reaches Samadhi (enlightenment).
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