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Yoga Sutra 1.44

A little look at the first Yoga Sutra …

Yoga sutra 1.44

Etaya-eva savicārā nirvicārā ca sūkṣma-viṣaya vyākhyātā

With contemplation and without contemplation thoughts as regards subtle things are explained

Here Patanjali takes us to the next level of concentration and the mental abilities induced by it.

If you think about something logically, and go on thinking, and go on thinking, logic has a boundary to it; it’s not infinite. When you empty your mind and simply look at something without thought that will be contemplation, which is infinite.

The difference between looking, and or logically thinking, and contemplation is a subtle one. As Osho suggests: think about what a poet does? – s/he contemplates. S/he just looks at the flower, s/he doesn’t think about it.

Damian Cadman-Jones is an authorised teacher of Prana Vashya Yoga™

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