Sutra 3.12: tatah punah shanta-uditau tulya-pratyayau chittasya ekagrata-parinimah
In that regard, the attainment of one-pointedness occurs when the image in the mind that has just passed is the same as the image in the mind that is present. Translation by Edwin Bryant
In order to move into samadhi, one-pointed focus needs to be steady. When the past and the present object of your focus are the same, this steady focus has been reached. Kinda like the mastery of a meal in my cooking saga from last week.
In my efforts to make cooking less painful for myself, I devised a plan to prepare the same meal several times over the course of one month (and keep this up for a year). This plan forces me to learn how to make a specific meal and grow my repertoire of “easy” dishes. The purpose of concentrating my efforts into one month rather than just constantly trying new recipes, as I’ve done in past attempts to cook more, is retain a working knowledge how any successes or failures came about.
My real goal, of course, is to be able to get to a place of natural ease in the repetition of a dish, eliminating the need to follow a recipe’s instructions or even look up the ingredient list. I want to have such an effortless mastery over the elements of preparing the meal, that its process and the results become, as much as possible, identical from one instance to the next. I hope to create a flow in my cooking that I and my husband can depend on.
So, whether it’s goulash or souffle, it’s always goulash or always souffle (not “what is this?!” or souff-lah).
Happily, establishing samadhi is no different. It just takes practice and a little bit of letting go.
Hari om tat sat!
Experience your true self and bring it into every moment of your living!
The Yoga Sutras are a classical text on yoga–a guidebook of sorts.
Each week, 216 teacher Esther Palmer dives into one of the sutras and we let it take us where it takes us.