BACK TO PRASHANT
(…) So, back to Prashant.
Prashant said first we have to recognize that we know something. That can be about how to do trikonasana, So the points and processes of doing trikonasana, that’s the known. We can quite easily make an object of that set of fact that make up knowledge of trikonasana. We may not always do that with our mind, but it is not that difficult to do. Now ask yourself what is it like having that experience of knowledge of trikonasa. That’s knowing. We can also make that activity of knowing an object in the same way that we can make the knowledge bits of trikonasana an object. Admittedly, we do not do this so often, but it is not all that difficult to do, at least conceptually. Now, here comes what I take to be the point of all this from the perspective of yoga, ask yourself who is it that is doing the knowing. Who is the I that is knowing, that’s the knower. Can we make the knower an object of knowing in the same way that we make the knowing process and the knowledge bits? Yes, to some extent. At least conceptually. The question may arise, why might one want to spend their time doing that? From this point of view about what yoga is, to the extent that we can do that, that’s the movement toward the yogic state of mind. So if something like that and the constant practice of doing that is what “yoga” really is… it does make plenty of sense to regard the fascination with the points of knowledge about trikonasana is only the first level on that journey toward knowing the self, toward
|1.03||tadā draṣṭuḥ svarūpe ‘vasthānam|
|Then, the seer dwells in his own true splendour. (I)
When that is accomplished, the seer abides in its own true nature. (B)
Now, Prashant’s discussion of this went on a really long time and there was lots of lovely word play and examples and guidance about making that aspect the object.
For those of you who are familiar with the work of Sri Ramana Marharshi, (another blog about this later) this is basically the process of asking the question “Who am I?” When we continually ask only that question, all other questions fall away. Those of you who were at the Ramanand workshop in Austin, think also about sat, cit, ananada and Ramanand’s discussion of this as a reminder to the self of its true nature.
Well, that’s it for now. I’m going to shower, do a bit more of yogasana and write a bit about Aristotle. By the way, I realized I have two papers one on practice, one on contemplation.
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