Book 1, Sutra 29: Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra

“REPETITION OF GOD’S NAME DESTROYS ALL OBSTACLES AND PAVES THE WAY FOR INNER KNOWLEDGE.”

 

Most translations admit that Patanjali is talking about the highest of realizations within this sutra. As I mentioned in my commentary to the last sutra, most translations have also defined “repeating God’s name” as repeating the ancient Hindu word, “OM.” As I explained earlier, however, Patanjali is more accurately referring to a much more religious activity than the repetition of “OM.” Although the repetition of “OM” maybe an effective spiritual tool, in this sutra Patanjali is referring to the heartfelt celebration and exultation of the greatness of God. This is instruction for religious worship.

In the last sutra Patanjali told us that such powerful celebration of God through praise results in a deeper understanding and awareness of the presence of the True God. Now, in this sutra, he tells us that such religious worship will bring us directly to the ultimate goal of yoga through its ability to destroy all obstacles. As Sadhakas says “Removal of obstacles like disease and laziness is important for self-development. This removal becomes easier with Divine aid.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Kilaya

Kilaya is a yogi who is also well-versed in the sciences. He studied physics and mathematics at college, biology and molecular biology on his own, fluid dynamics while working as a professional plumber and has always had a passion for in-depth psychology. Now he adds what he has learned from his spiritual master, Amma, and from his life as a professional astrologer to his writings in order to make discoveries that may inspire others.

Posted on January 30, 2016, in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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