Thursday, September 8, 2011

Moving on in the Sutras

In his last blog entry on Memory,  Dan remarked,

The style of the sutras so far is very much question response. After reading the part on memory my question would be how do we keep the past past and the present present? How does one avoid painful or disruptive fluctuations of memory?

well,  as  it turns out we get an answer in  the next set of  sutras 1.12 through 1.16

abhyasa vairagyabhyam tannirodhah

Practice and detachment are the means to still the movements of consciousness.
tatra stitau yatnah abhyasah

Practice is the steadfast effort to still these fluctuations.
sa tu dirghakala nairantarya satkara asevitah drdhabhumih

Long, uninterrupted, alert practice is the firm foundation for restraining the fluctuations.
drsta anusravika visaya vitrsnasya vasikarasamjna vairagyam

Renunciation is the practice of detachment from desires.
tatparam purusakhyateh gunavaitrsnyam

The ultimate renunciation is when one transcends the qualities of nature and perceives the soul.

1 comment:

  1. I was actually going to mention this on my next blog, but I think I've found the fluctuation that disrupts samadhi for me. It would definitely be memory. I'm constantly in my own head, think about, well, everything!