Wednesday, June 29, 2011
PATANJALI = YOGA SUTRAS = POST.19 :VERSE 1-19 = WHAT DO YOGIC POWERS DO TO SAADHAKA
POST-19 –VERSE 1.19
CHAPTER.1 : SAMAADHI PAADHA
The last Post on Patanjali Yoga Sutras was on V.18, under the URL :
In.v.17, we understood Samprajnaatha Samaadhi – in which we achieve bliss and retain the egoless ‘I’ness. This Samaadhi is attained through 4 stages of vitharka, vichaara, Aananda and asmita.
Samprajnaatha Samaadhi leads us to the possession of different Powers. But, the Yogis (saadhakaas) lose the need to possess the physical bodies. Therefore, they are called Videhis, the body-less ones.
Some of them are totally one with the totality of the Prakrithi – and are therefore called prakrithilayaas, or the ones dissolved into the Prakrithi.
The powers of the Maya or Prakrithi are already available to them – and they can act as these powers. At their will – they can assume the role of vayu, agni etc and they become that.
They are almost liberated – but not totally. Very near – but not total.
In Asamprajnaatha Samaadhi, the egoless ‘I’ness also vanishes. This means – all thought processes have come to a halt. All dormant, deep rooted samskaaraas also will fall off.
From Samprajnaatha Samaadhi to Asamprajnaatha Samaadhi – the Yogi travels through deep practice or Abyaasa.
Or, some Yogis may be tempted by the powers achieved at the stage of Samprajnaatha Samaadhi and stay at the level of videhis or Prakrithi layaas.
videha - prakriti layaanam
Ø bhava = becoming, arising, originating
Ø pratyayah = cause, cognition
Ø videha = bodiless,
Ø prakriti = nature, maya
Ø layaanam = dissolved, merged into
We have discussed the states of bodylessness where the gross body becomes redundant for the one who has attained to Samprajnaatha Samaadhi.
But, the Sookshma Sareera and some deep rooted samskaaraas are still with them. They are videhis.
Some of these yogis have attained great powers and can merge into the Prakrithi very easily. They can act as the un-manifest powers of nature.
But, this is the state of complacency that people get – when they are very near the goal Post.
These Yogis have almost attained this Samaadhi and it comes more easily to them. But, complacency can set in.
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