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Practical Sadhana, Which Way Within - 4
« on: May 13, 2009, 01:09:10 PM »
Bhagavan Ramana, in answer to questions, has said that Patanjali
Yoga Sutras were the quintessence of Ashtanga Yoga, eight limbed
yoga, followed by millions and respected by all.  Let us apply
Patanjali's wisdom to decide whether we face the obstacles to
knowledge, that he describes,  whether for us, this is all merely
an illusion that is very easily dispelled, as suggested by Neo
Advaitic teachers.   

Patanjali dsclares:  "Sickness, mental laziness, doubt, lack of enthusiasm, sloth, craving for sense pleasure, false perception,
despair caused by failure to concentrate and unsteadiness in
concentration --- these distractions are the obstacles to knowledge.
These distractions are accompanied by grief, despondency, trembling
of the body, and irregular breathing.."  [ Swami Prabhavananda,
Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, 2005. Sutras

To those who assert that they do not believe these human traits,
which derive from ignorance, are anything other than illusion, all
that can be said is:  "Try wishing them away, and good luck!"

(Source: As indicated in Part 1)

Arunachala Siva.