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T-Ph25. Considering Samyama

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‘When the contemplator and the object of contemplation become one, then the seer and the seen become inseparable and one. With the blending together of the subject (meditator) and the object (meditated upon), they become one and this is samadhi. Thus, dharana, dhyana and samadhi are interconnected and intermingled. Patanjali coins a technical term, ” Samyama”, for the integration of these three aspects of yoga. Through this integration of dharana, dhyana and samadhi, the intelligence, the consciousness and the I become one and the sadhaka’s intelligence shines in the lustre of wisdom and understanding is enlightened. He turns his attention towards exploring the core of his being because he considers that integration even of subtle objects like intelligence and consciousness is external to that of the core of one’s being’.

Iyengar BKS, 70 Glorious years. P.155

The subject is in 5 parts and contains articles, videos and quotes. It is advisable to not rush through our subjects consuming the content quickly: apply a reflective mode where you might read an article prior to or immediately after practice. Where quotes are used they are often accompanied by an extract of the text. Look up other quotes used (as they often have the source and page noted) and read a fuller portion of the text. You might consider covering one part of the subject each week. Access to T-Ph25 is for 10 weeks.

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