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"Stilling the movements of the mind leads to Union"

The title of this thread is a translation by the author MSI of Pada 1 Sutra 2 of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. He goes on to explain that, "If the mind is filled with the incessant hammering of innumerable thought streams, it is impossible for the mind to experience its peaceful nature". This 'peaceful nature', he writes, has been described by Abraham Maslow as the 'peak experience' which is characterized by internal silence, clarity, joy and perfect fluidity of effective, life-supporting action. I love this book, and wanted to share some of it, and perhaps hear back from anyone else who has any thoughts about this topic, or any other sutra of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, as it is an ancient text that has been translated many, many, many times.
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Re: "Stilling the movements of the mind leads to Union"

It's an interesting topic that I'd really love to explore... Though I just have too much to do and think about! Oh, the irony

I've dreamed many a time of getting out of this rat race and focusing on inner peace, relaxation and acceptance. It seems logical to me that, if we all just chilled out, got off of eachothers' backs and looked out for eachother instead, life would be a lot nicer.

Thanks for the reminder that it is possible

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Re: "Stilling the movements of the mind leads to Union"

Hi Puddycat. Yes, it is entirely possible. Thanks for the response.
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Re: "Stilling the movements of the mind leads to Union"

I say never be complete, I say stop being perfect, I say let... lets evolve, let the chips fall where they may.
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Re: "Stilling the movements of the mind leads to Union"

Sounds kinda like a "mental orgasm."

Who wouldn't want one of those?
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Re: "Stilling the movements of the mind leads to Union"

Oh my God, Textoch, that's really funny. Hmmmm. Yes, I suppose it could be seen like that. And yes, I agree with Ouchboy, there is always more 'evolving' to be had, and can be a courageous thing to admit that and go with the change that is happening. The best way to deal with constant change is to develop a still point within, no? And, this stillness can only happen when we can step outside of the frenetic chaos of the Waking State mind. The typical human mind rarely experiences inner peace because it so busy thinking and thinking. As MSI states in the book "Enlightenment", certain techniques or "objects of attention" can be used to charm the mind, allowing it to settle down to more silent levels of functioning.
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