Monthly Archives: March 2013

Swami Shivananda, from “Practice of Yoga.”

I’ve held onto these intensely inspiring quotes for a while and decided to share them today. They are from Śivananda’s Practice of Yoga:

pp. 64-65: “‘As water from a tank may flow through a channel into a plot of land and assume its shape (square, triangular or any other form), so the radiant mind (Taijasa Antahkarana) goes out through the eye or any other sense-organ to the place where an object is and becomes transformed into the shape of that object. This modification of the Antahkarana-stuff is called Vritti.’ Professor P.N. Mukopadhyaya observes: ‘Western psychology gives us a one-sided view of perception: an external stimulus acting upon a sense-organ, e.g. an ether-wave acting on the retina. The mind goes out as a radiant energy and takes the shape of the object. The Antahkarana is believed to be a stuff that being Sattvic (consciousness-revealing) and Taijasa (radiant) can go out and invade the Tamasic (veiling crust of consciousness in the form of object, Vishaya Chaitanya), envelope and infuse it by its own luminosity (somewhat like the X-rays which are themselves ordinarily invisible, but make opaque things transparent) and thereby discover the essential identity between itself and the object; it is finding out of this essential identity between consciousness as knower (Pramatri Chaitanya) and consciousness as the known (Vishaya Chaitanya) and that between consciousness as knowing (Pramana Chaitanya) and consciousness as object (Vishaya Chaitanya) which makes the substance of perception according to Vedanta.'”

pp. 65-66: “Just as camphor in the presence of fire is turned into fire and absorbed in fire when burnt, so also a mind when purified becomes of the nature of Brahman. Just as water in the presence of salt, when a lump is placed in a basin of water, becomes saltish, so also mind in the presence of Brahman, when purified, becomes of the nature of Brahman.

Mind, when purified by the removal of six passions, becomes your Guru. There is a voice from the mind for every doubt that occurs in your Buddhi. Train yourself to hear minutely with care the subtle, silent voice. All knowledge comes from within.”

pp. 66: “…[the mind, which] constantly meditates on this picture and becomes that picture, Brahman, according to this analogy. As he thinks, so he becomes. The mind becomes that on which it intensely meditates. It infinitely expands and merges in Brahman.”