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Posted - Jan 24 2023 :  2:25:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Message

The technique is called samyama, which is a blend of being able to maintain samadhi, effortlessly focus attention, and add an intention; all without disturbing the samadhi.

Before this, as soon as we have a thought, we move out of samadhi. Samadhi means ‘evenness of intellect.’ This happens when we settle into pure consciousness. But when a thought or emotion comes, that evenness is disturbed.

Later, consciousness becomes clearer, and its ever-present nature becomes established to a degree. Then we’ll have experiences like noticing we’re transcending (samadhi) and experiencing it without being knocked out of it. Then we’re ripe for samyama.


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Posted - Jan 24 2023 :  2:47:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
Flying is verse 3:42.
“From samyama on the relationship of the body and space and by mental absorption in the lightness of cotton, movement through space is gained.”

An important part of the Yoga Sutra is recognizing context. After the flying sutra is the one describing mastery of the elements, so we know flying is related, a mastery of space element.

Shift the balance toward space element and the body will be much easier to move. No need to “defy gravity.” Then we can move the body with intention rather than muscle.

Our ability to fly develops in stages. I’ve seen a few variations of the steps, like Vasishtha doesn’t include the first. This is how I’d describe it:

Stage 1: Body shakes
Stage 2: Body hops like a frog
Stage 3: Body floats
Stage 4: Body flies
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