Day 41 of #yogasutrachallenge: YS 1.41 The mind becomes completely absorbed in something when it is like a transparent jewel, taking the form of whatever is placed before it – be it the knower....

Day 41 of #yogasutrachallenge: YS 1.41 The mind becomes completely absorbed in something when it is like a transparent jewel, taking the form of whatever is placed before it – be it the knower the instrument of knowledge or the object of knowledge Not quite as catchy as some of the others, but I think this is something we can all relate to. An example of this sutra is when you’re reading a good book or watching a great movie. Your mind is all-consumed by the story, and you think and feel nothing but what the characters are thinking and feeling. If you had a pack of biscuits or popcorn in front of you you’d easily eat the whole lot as you mind would be completely on autopilot. Once the story’s over you might actually feel different – you may have related to one of the characters so much, for example, that it actually impacts your sense of who you are or your behaviour, maybe temporarily, maybe forever. This is similar to what meditation does – providing an object to consume the mind, silencing all other thoughts. At the same time, transforming the mind so that it becomes as still and clear as the act of meditation itself. Through that clarity, you find a state called Samapatti – the penultimate stage of enlightenment, where the soul is able to recognise itself, like someone looking in a clear mirror. The only thing left is for the mind to lose this object of concentration, and become completely free. Sanskrit: Ksina-vrttr abhijatasyeva maner grahitr-grahana-grahyesu tat-stha-tad-anjanata samapattih

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