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Patanjali Yoga Sutras
« on: February 07, 2009, 12:36:54 PM »
On 16th May 1936, S.S. Cohen, relates how the reading of Patanjali
Sutras in 1926, had greatly helped him. The first few Sutras had convinced him of the teaching, but unfortunately there was no one
to give him proper guidance till he met Bhagavan Ramana early in

Bhagavan Ramana: Patanjali's first Sutras are indeed the climax
of all essence of Yoga.  All yogas aim at the cessation of the Vritti,
modification of the mind.  This can be brought about in the variety of ways mentioned in the scriptures through mind control, which frees consciousness from all thoughts and keeps it pure. Effort is necessary. In fact, effort itself is yoga.

Devotee: I suppose efforts have to be made in the waking state, which implies that moksha can be gained only in Jagrat.

Bhagavan Ramana: Quite so.  Awareness is necessary for mind control; otherwise who is to make the effort?  You cannot make it in sleep or under influence of drugs.  Also mukti has to be gained in full awareness, because the Reality itself is Pure Awareness.

Devotee:  There seems to be nothing but awareness, for to know anything there must be knowledge -- we cannot get over that.

Bhagavan Ramana: Certainly. Subjective knowledge -- knowledge knowing itself is Jnana.  It is then the subject as the Knower, the object as the Known and the knowledge, which connects them.

Devotee:   This last is not clear to me in this case.

Bhagavan Ramana: Why so?  Knowledge is the light, which links the Seer to the Seen.  Suppose you go in search of a book in the library in pitch darkness.  Can you find it without light, although you, the subject, and the book, the object, are both present?  Light has to be present to unite you.  This link between the subject and the object in every experience is Chit, Consciousness.  It is both Substatum as well as the Witness of the experience, the seer of Patanjali.

(Source: Talks by S.S. Cohen.)

Arunachala Siva.