Yoga Sutra 1.4

I.K. Taimni's Yoga Sutras 1.4

When existing-modifications are not suppressed the seer is not established in his true nature, rather, he is established in the existing-modifications.

Taimni clarifies the state thus far described:

A simile will perhaps help the student to understand this assimilation of consciousness with the transformation of the mind.  Let him imagine a lighted electric bulb suspended in a tank full of limpid water.  If the water is churned violently by some mechanical contrivance it will make all kinds of patterns in three dimensions round the bulb, these patterns being illuminated by the light from the bulb and changing from moment to moment.  But what about the bulb itself?  It will disappear from view, all the light emanating from it being assimilated with or lost in the surrounding water.  Now, let him imagine the curning of water slowed down gradually until the water becomes perfectly still.  As the three dimensional patterns begin to subside gradually the electric bulb gradually emerges into view and when the water is quite at rest the bulb alone is seen.  This simile illustrates in a rather crude way both the assimilation of the consciousness of the Purusa with the modification of the mind and its reversion to its own unmodified state when the mind comes to rest.

Krishnamurti said in his talk exploring the essence of love (around 16:10):

When thought separates itself as the analyzer, that analyzer tries to examine, analyse, that confusion, that turmoil, that loneliness, the despair.  And then begins to discover the cause.  Then it tries to dissipate the cause hoping thereby to wipe away the effects of the cause.  So, there is this division, as the analyzer and the analyzed [seer/seen] and hence wherever there is psychological division in one’s self there must be conflict.  This is a law.  As Gravity.  That wherever, inwardly, there is a contradiction, a division, a separation from the analyzer and the analyzed, as the observer and the observed, there must be conflict.

I think Taimni helps clarify, however, I would like to take it a step further and describe more deeply how this metaphor may actually map to the (meta)physical.  I mean, just because it makes sense, doesn’t mean that physically, quantum mechanically, biophysically, this is the way the world is.  I want to morph his little simile.  Imagine the tank of water is the human brain, or rather some description of the human brain that is flatlined in some states, and chaotic in others (you know, like brainwaves).

nicolo tesla my brain is only a receiver from

This leads me to the idea that perhaps in Yogic tradition there is an experiential distinction between beingness and beingness-through-brain.  IOW, beingness is the basic thing, the substrate, and when put through the convolutions of the brain, this beingness exists in a modified form (citta-vrttis).  This modified form of beingness that is essentially unconscious of its building blocks due to their unresolvibility in the system they create is the thing being overcome in yoga.  You can’t measure a 1 mm wave with 1 cm waves (or you might need 10 of them [11? {3?}]).  Seen another way (from the other side), we have another case of the forest being invisible for a few trees (consider someone not noticing that there is a forest in front of them because they’ve positioned themselves so close to a couple trees that they can’t see anything beyond them [this image by Don Jensen is annotated with: “Can’t see the forest for the Tree   Sometimes the forest is a collect of trees. Sometimes, the forest is a tree.”]).

can't see the forest for the trees

I think I’m being told that one cannot experience one’s foundation in the forest of being so long as it is occluded by the field of purposefully manifested being made by the body brain (Necker Cube-like phrasology to describe Necker Cube like realities [supersemantic onomatopoeia]).

Could that hackneyed phrase about forests and trees penetrate to the depth of yoga?  It sure seems to map pretty well to the progression of the first 4 foundational sutras, but who knows how it’ll fare with the other 191 foundational sutras…  You can’t see the night sky during the day.  But, like I said, I’m no Yogi, so I can’t speak for yoga.  What I do know is the phrase is widely applicable to layers of reality that are both important and typically uncognized, unexperienced, unconscious…  like steps through darkness passed the looming forms into spaciousness beyond…

…all the way into the nature of thinghoodishness itself.  A forest is made up of trees, yet the forest is itself an organism (chicken and egg? or evolving contrapuntals?).  Sounds like the human body and its cells.  Or the individual human and its society.  Don’t we often miss the existence of society because we are so preoccupied with its individual people?

I mean seriously, most people aren’t aware that society is an organism and that we and the material planet comprise it.

I am not arguing against individualism, just shortsightedness.

There are both trees and forests, cells and bodies, persons and societies.  They exist simultaneously.  They cannot long be isolated from the patterns of the other.  The global metabolism would become increasingly unrecoverable if the global economy were to be interrupted (they are practically equal [the vast system of stored value: human honey and shipping lanes]).  Similarly, individuals would perish in droves to that hypothetical interruption in energy and food and material and services and memory by patterns of the movement of material and knowhow.  We depend on food on the shelves and gas at the pumps and juice in the sockets and broken things being fixable.

We are assimilated into our modifications.  Dig the pattern with the shovel of your mind.

2 thoughts on “Yoga Sutra 1.4

  1. […]  Notice how Taimni gives us a little hint “plural of *gobbledygook*” (which was in 1.4 and 1.2 Sanskrit as well).  If you look at the difference between the singular and the plural, it […]

  2. […] been saying similar things in my posts (Yoga Sutras 1.2, Yoga Sutras 1.4, Consciousness, and probably elsewhere), but this is all a lot clearer than my […]

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