III,6. Perfect discipline is mastered in stages.III, 7. These three components – concentration, absorption, and integration – are more interiorized than the preceding five.III, 8. Even these three are external to integration that bears no seeds.III, 9. The transformation towards total stillness occurs as new latent impressions fostering cessation arise to preventthe activation of distractive stored one, and moments of stillness begin to permeate consciousness.III, 10. These latent impressions help consciousness flow from one tranquil moment to the next.III, 11. Consciousness is transformed toward integration as distractions dwindle and focus arises.III, 12. In other words, consciousness is transformed toward focus as continuity develops between arising andsubsiding perceptions.
I’ll be weaving these two, Patanjali Book III and the Laksmi Work together over the next few weeks. For now I want to get this week’s dharma talk, readings, and chanting clips posted, so will keep this brief.
Here’s a clip of this week’s chanting the yoga sutras:
There’s a hidden sweetness
in the stomach’s emptiness.
We are lutes, no more, no less. If the soundbox
is stuffed full of anything, no music.
If the brain and belly are burning clean
with fasting, every moment a new song comes
out of the fire. The fog clears, and a new energy
makes you run up the steps in front of you.
Be emptier and cry like reed instruments cry.
Emptier, write secrets with the reed pen.
When you’re full of food and drink, Satan sits
where your spirit should, an ugly metal statue
in place of the Kaaba. When you fast,
good habits gather like friends who want to help.
Fasting is Solomon’s ring. Don’t give it
to some illusion and lose your power.
But even if you’ve lost all will and control,
they come back when you fast, like soldiers appearing
out of the ground, pennants flying above them.
Submit to a daily practice.
Your loyalty to that
is a ring on the door.
Keep knocking, and the joy inside
will eventually open a window
and look out to see who’s there.