The great yogi, Patanjali, father of classical yoga, said: atha yoga anusasanam, which means, “Now begins yoga, auspiciously”. In other words, when our yoga practice, our spiritual practice, is fully in the now, we are supported by the universe, by divine grace.
“Yoga is always in the now. The past does not matter. We can create a good future through the blessing of now!”
But what really is Yoga? Patanjali explains in his next sutra: yogas citta vritti nirodaḥ, meaning, “Yoga is the ability to control the flux of the mind”. Citta-vritti is the flux. Like choppy waves in a stormy ocean, there is an aspect of our minds that is often choppy. This is manas, the measuring mind.
“The purpose of man-tra, is to go beyond this type of mental activity, to become free of its influence, of its persistence.”
Yoga, according to Patanjali, is controlling the mind, not the body. This is why it is referred to as Raja Yoga, or the royal yoga, because the mind rules the body. While there are many forms of yoga, the highest levels of yoga are about control of the mind. Why?
Patanjali answers in his next sutra: tadā dṛṣtuḥ svarūpe avasthānam, meaning, we control the flux of the mind so that the spirit within us shines in its own glory.
The mind creates a cloud over the spirit, throws a blanket on the light. When we control the mind, this light can shine, the same light that Jesus asked that we not put under a bushel.
Mantra is a powerful tool, especially the mantra OM which Patanjali says we should repeat with deep feeling (tajjapaḥ tadartha bhāvanam) and with deep understading becuase it is God. It is life giving! Of this mantra, Patanjali says: tasya vacakaḥ praṇavaḥ, meaning, say this holy, life-giving, syllable aloud …
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Om is easy to pronounce but the hardest experience to tap!
Why? Because it represents all that is and all that is not.
It is subject (self); object (divine reality); and more.
That something more is mysterious, elusive, ineffable ….
It is the “fourth” state of Turiya, the unmanifest
The parts of OM are the “a”, the “u”, and the “m”
which leads to the fourth state of silence, of depth,
This gives us some idea of how to use OM
Its sound is meant to lead into silence
and that silence is OM, too
Those vibrations are so subtle
we must become very silent
internally to hear it …
There is silence within sound, and sound within silence
The OM is a magical sound that allows this discovery
You can spend your entire life on this one mantra
and never tire of using it because of its power
its depth, its mystery, its beauty …
Learn to chant the OM in a way that a portal opens up
and you are transported into another dimension
For the OM contains the secret to life
It is the holy pranava
It is life itself!
Love, Russill Paul