Sutra 1.35

Photograph of a mask from Gabon by Ji-Elle, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19776603

Photograph of a mask from Gabon by Ji-Elle, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19776603

विषयवती वा प्रवृत्तिरुत्पन्ना मनसः स्थितिनिबन्धिनी॥३५॥ 
(vishaya-vati va pravruttir-ut-panna manasaha sthiti ni-bandhini॥35॥ 

Translating this sutra on continuing with ways to focus the mind, Ravi Ravindra says, “Or from steady attention to subtler levels of sensation.” In his exposition of this aphorism he continues, "The whole domain of sensations is vast and subtle...Sensations caused by outer objects are received through the external senses. Finer sensations in the body which are not caused by any externally perceivable objects are received by the inner senses. Attending to subtler inner sensations helps develop the inner senses...Things of the flesh are seen by the eyes of the flesh, and things of the spirit by the eyes of the spirit."

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Chris Johnson