Wednesday, January 16, 2013




Samyama is the process of seeing your multi faceted self, from different angles – and ultimately realizing all of them. In Samyama, we start with Dharana on a particular Goal – and therefore, all wisdom pertaining to that Goal and it extensions -  comes to the Sadhaka in Samyama. We have seen that process in earlier sutras upto 3.41 – and we are continuing with the same further here.


Srothra akashayoh sambandha

samyamaath divyam srothram

Ø  srothra = power of hearing
Ø  akasha = space
Ø  sambandha = relationship between
Ø  samyamaath = By “dharana + dhyana + samadhi”
Ø  divyam = divine
Ø  srothram = hearing

Each of the pancha bhoothas (Akasa, vayu, agni, water and earth) are represented in the human body by a specific organ. Akasa is represented in the human organs by the ear – and the connecting link between the two is the Sabda or sound phenomenon. The characteristic of Akasa is sound. It is the repository of all sounds. Human ear is the receiver of the sound.

A samyama on the connection between the ear, the power of hearing, the sabda and the Akasa is what is hinted here. Patanjali says, this samyama gives the Sadhaka the power of divine hearing. 

What is divine hearing? We have examples of divine hearing in our ancient epics and puranas. People who perform this samyama – are capable of hearing distant sounds, sounds which were uttered long, long ago and sounds which are still in the minds of the people; not yet spoken but will be uttered in future.

Such divine hearing of sounds, which are not in the normal reach of the human ear give the sadhaka, enormous options in choosing his life and his actions. Like any other vibhuti, this gives him power over other beings, and this is subject to both good use and misuse.

While the power is available to Sadhaka, he is free not to use such power and remain stead fast on his path and his Sadhanas towards his goal.

Vs. 43

kaya akashayoh sambandha

samyamaath laghu toola samapatteh cha

akasa gamanam

Ø  kaya = physical body
Ø  akashayoh = space (both)
Ø  sambandha = by relationship between
Ø  samyamaath = Through “dharana + dhyana + Samadhi”
Ø  laghu = weightless
Ø  toola = (like) cotton fiber
Ø  samapatti =  become like or one with
Ø  cha = and
Ø  Akasa gamanam = ability to travel in space

Akasa is the repository of all physical things. Akasa was the first to be born, and all other things were born from it. Earth was the last of the Pancha bhoothas to be formed out of the Akasa.

Out of the earth came the physical bodies. In effect, the physical bodies came from the Akasa. All bodies including the earth, sun, moon and stars are actually floating already in Akasa.

Thus, floating in Akasa is not a new thing for physical bodies.  The gravitational pull of earth keeps earth-borne bodies to remain glued to earth. But, human being alone is given the special possibility of pulling himself away from this gravitational power through the process of Samyama on the relationship between Akasa and his physical body. He only needs to identify his physical body with any weightless material like cotton, which easily flies away from earth, defying gravitational pull.

Bu identifying with such weightless state himself and performing samyama on the relationship between his body and  Akasa, he can fly in Akasa to any place he desires. Yogis are known to use such powers effortlessly for traveling to distant places for certain purposes including their Sadhanas.

Some Himalayan yogis are said to fly like this, along with their disciples to distant sacred places, rivers etc, at will, within moments, carry out their daily or periodical rituals there – unseen by others, and go back to their Himalayan ashrams.

At one stage of the attained Siddha – some of these powers, which look magical for us – are normal life activity – and their use is further help for their Sadhanas without deviating from their main goal of Kaivalya.

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