(…) 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.

Posted by Anne-Marie Schultz 



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