ऋतम्भरा तत्र प्रज्ञा
rtam-bhara tatra prajna
There (tatra), the spiritual intelligence (prajna) shows (bhara) the truth (rtam).
PRACTICAL LIVING The previous sutra described how this profound state of meditation (nirvicara samapatti) leads us to the heart and to experience profound serenity. In addition to that, this sutra says that we are able to see things just as they are, without judgements, beliefs or preconceived ideas. Similarly to a child’s perspective, when we see truth (rtam), we don’t make assumptions, we simply experience what is in front of us. Have you had a moment in your life when you remember knowing something without having to rationalize it? This ‘knowing’ came from a place deep within you, a place that was beyond the cognitive mind. This is the place and the ‘knowing’ this sutra is describing.
IN THE YOGA WORLD Vyasa, one of the most respected interpreters of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, said that this profound state of yoga can be reached in the 3 following steps:
(1) studying the sacred scriptures (shravana)
(2) inference (manana)
(3) constant meditation practice (nididhyasana)
However, once the stage is reached, it’s beyond the mind. It’s the deepest an individual can be: it’s pure wisdom, pure clarity. The ‘window’ of the mind has been cleaned and wisdom shines out.
INSPIRATIONAL PERSON A caring, loving and vibrant young man, Liam is in a path to finding his own truth. He has biked across Spain, traveled the world and is choosing to have diverse life experiences in search of his inner voice, his profound wisdom. Simply being with him makes people smile. He has a humorous, gentle and energetic approach to life. Being with him is a breath of fresh air. He is optimistic, light and makes you feel at ease. People, young and old appreciate his presence. Liam, thank you for adding so much positivity to the world. You are a beautiful shining light. Love you man!
Do you have any experiences you would like to share? Please interact as much as you like – everyone will learn from your personal experiences! Thanks and next week we will explain this profound knowledge in more detail!
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After meditating, I can feel that glow of purity. The feeling of ‘everything will be alright’ no matter what life brings. A day that involves mediation, for me, is clearer than any other and I can feel a glowing smile at the corners of my mouth. Days without deep meditation I feel lost, stressed, anxious, crabby, and the list goes on. People can begin to understand the powers of meditation by first experiencing it for themselves.