Sutra 1.44

The Flammarion engraving, an anonymous 19th century wood carving, was captioned, "A missionary of the Middle Ages tells that he had found the point where the sky and the Earth touch..."

The Flammarion engraving, an anonymous 19th century wood carving, was captioned, "A missionary of the Middle Ages tells that he had found the point where the sky and the Earth touch..."

एतयैव सविचारा निर्विचारा च सूक्ष्मविषया व्याख्याता॥४४॥
etaya-iva savi-chaaraa nir-vichaaraa cha sukshma-vishayaa vyaakh-yaataa ॥44॥

Barbara Miller translates this aphorism as, 'When the turnings of thought cease completely, even wisdom ceases, and contemplation bears no seeds.' 'Contemplation bears no seeds' means that there is NO THING/nothing, in or at the end of meditation. Controlling personal thoughts, reactions and ruminations is achieved through a process of contemplation and meditation. Ultimately, through successive stages of thought, subtle thought, and no thought, and with no attachment to any of it (Sutra 1.15), one recognizes that this individual (you or I) is 'not-self', and the serene nothingness is actually the 'true-self' (Sutra 1.3) and it is Everything, and it is Forever!

 

PatanjaliChris Johnson