Thursday, July 14, 2011
PATANJALI YOGA SUTRAS = POST-24 –Ch.1: VERSE 28 = MEDITATING ON "AUM (OM)" = ITS SIGNIFICANCE
POST-24 –VERSE 28
CHAPTER.1 : SAMAADHI PAADHA
In Post.23,Verse.27 – we saw the significance of AUM sound in representing the Eeshwara. We must represent the whole Universe Internally, within our mind, with this word AUM. The sound is primordial in nature. When you open the mouth and slowly close it with a sound –this is the sound which we hear. Mandookyopanishad says – that the three parts of the sound represent waking up, dreaming and deep sleep states. All the world that we experience and all the three states of time (past, present and future) find their representation in Pranava sound, namely AUM. This sound is not only present in our mouths – but everywhere in the Unvierse. Thus, this is a Universal sound – a primordial sound representing the Lord of the Universe, the Guru of the most ancient Gurus, namely, Eeshwara.
thath japah thath artha bhaavanam
Ø thath = its
Ø japah = repeated uttering / remembrance
Ø thath = its
Ø artha = meaning
Ø bhaavanam = thinking with feeling, dwelling upon
One must constantly repeat the sound of AUM – which is called “JAPA”. At the same time, one must concentrate on its meaning. One must think and feel its deep significance. It is the sound which is representative of the Eeshwara, the Guru of Gurus. This represents – one without any afflictions , any pains, and one who has no need for actions of fruits of actions.
Why should be do the Japa and simultaneously think and feel deeply its inner significance?
It is because – what we think and feel so deeply – that we too become. This is the reason why Patanjali is asking us to repeatedly chant AUM and also think and feel deeply the significance of this sound.
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