108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 186 – Patañjali, in the Samādhi Pādaḥ or Book One, introduces…

Patañjali, in the Samādhi Pādaḥ or Book One, introduces
two primary paths for cultivatingDhyānam Sādhana.

Firstly, that of Jñāna Dhyānam where the Prayatna is Viyoga.
Here, the Bhāvana is to unlink from the activities of the Citta.

Secondly, that of Bhakti Dhyānam where the Prayatna is Yoga.
Here, the Bhāvana is to link to and direct the activities of the Citta.

Both Sādhana can lead the practitioner towards the same goal,
the unalloyed abiding inherent within the source of perception.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 185 – When harassed by negative reasoning…

When harassed by negative reasoning,
cultivate the opposite viewpoint.
Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 33

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 184 – Every action, even thoughts have some effect at some level…

Every action, even thoughts have some effect at some level.
Actions create fruits and leave seeds which eventually come
back to the performer of the action, either directly or indirectly.

These actions can be black, white, mixed, or have no colour.
The black actions can potentially have a negative comeback;
whereas white actions can potentially have a positive comeback.
But most actions are mixed, with a vague or indistinct outcome,
or they will have a distinct outcome, but it is difficult to discern.

Those actions that are seen as having no colour are the result
of actions from the highest dispassion, free of selfmotivation.
Because these actions from a Yogin are free of selfmotivation,
they are free of selfinterest, either black, white or mixed.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 7

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 183 – The motives and state of mind of the teacher can also vary…

The motive and state of mind of the teacher can
also vary and therefore produce varying results.
Thus the influence may or may not be for good,
depending on the person who is influencing and
the source of their powers; except in the case of Yoga,
because the actions of a Yogin are free of selfinterest.
Thus, the motivation and intention of the teacher are
important in helping the student illuminate their Nimitta.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verses 5-6

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 182 – The teaching to a group of students is the same…

The teaching to a group of students is the same,
but each student’s response may be different,
and these can also differ at different times.
Thus, this multiplicity of expectations within
a group is an important and additional factor.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 5

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 181 – The influences are not uniform they vary according to…

The influences are not uniform,
they vary according to the recipient.
It depends on each person,
what they are seeking,
their background and interests,
and the person who is influencing.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 5

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 180 – Chapter Four verses 4 and 5  talk about the medium and potential…

Chapter Four verses 4 and 5 talk about the medium
and potential of the link both to and from Nimitta.
This link is through Asmitā, though the openness
and motive within the link determines its quality.
Asmitā is the common channel of communication.
However the quality of the link depends on how much
Asmitā is coloured by Kleśa, or uncoloured by Jñāna.
Thus, when Asmitā Kleśa dominates, the link and the
quality of the communication are potentially impaired.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 4-5

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 179 – Those who use their Nimitta have another facility at their disposal…

Those who use their Nimitta have another facility at
their disposal. They have the ability to influence another.
In that they can change other people’s states of mind.
Asmitā is the common source of this influence over another.
The link between teacher and student is through Asmitā.
The more open the link the stronger the influences.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 4

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 178 – To start with, Nimitta is usually an external agency…

To start with, Nimitta is usually an external agency, but this
external agency must itself also be linked to some Nimitta.
In early life for example, our parents, friends or teachers can
be a Nimitta. As to Yoga, the best external Nimitta is a teacher.
Here, the teacher’s role is to help guide you towards your internal
Nimitta, in that the teacher will get to know you and support you
with the appropriate means for your journey from outer to inner.
From this process, a mirror for Nimitta can be through any number
of things, for example Dharma or even Duḥkha can offer guidance.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 3

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 177 – Metaphorically speaking, we are all made of the same clay…

Metaphorically speaking, we are all made of the same clay.
Therefore, we all have a similar potential for change.
However, to make something different out of this clay,
a wheel is needed, but this is no use without a potter.
Here, the skill of the potter is crucial.
Patañjali uses the word Nimitta
as a cause for change in the clay.
Hence, the potter is Nimitta.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 3

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 176 – Nimitta is seen as the agent for change, as if a farmer…

Nimitta is seen as the agent for change, as if a farmer.
Everything required is there, along with the intelligence.
You just have to find the intelligence to find the intelligence.
So verse 3 talks about the tools, materials and intelligence.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 3

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 175 – Powers are different arrangements of what already exists as us…

Powers are different arrangements
of what already exists as us.
The common factor is a redistribution of matter.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 2

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 174 – The fourth book called Kaivalya Pādaḥ reinforces the idea…

The fourth book, called Kaivalya Pādaḥ, reinforces the idea
that whatever happens is actually already existing within us.
It is not something we can or need to acquire from outside
and it reminds us that the mind is the essential tool to help
in the final discernment of what is the unchanging essence.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 173 – Mantra is that which is reflected on…

Mantra is that which is reflected on.
It needs to be received from a reliable source.
In other words from one who has reflected on Mantra
received from a person who has reflected on Mantra.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 28

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 172 – To realise its potential, practice repetition…

“To realise its potential,
practice repetition of
the sacred syllable.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 28

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 171 – It’s messenger is the sacred syllable.

It’s messenger is
the sacred syllable.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 27

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 170 – Consciousness is also the teacher for all…

Consciousness is also the teacher for
all previous teachers, because
it transcends time and space.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 26

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 169 – Within consciousness the seed of omniscience is matchless.

“Within consciousness,
the seed of omniscience
is matchless.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 25

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 168 – The immutability of consciousness is transcendent…

“The immutability of consciousness
is transcendent within the cycle of
emotion, outcome, consequence and deposit.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 24

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 167 – The self is special in that it is awareness…

“The self is special in
that it is awareness,
untarnished by
afflictions,
actions,
fruits
and seeds.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 24

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