Prolonged stillness in meditation brings about expansion of the mind.

When the meditator comes out of it, his mind becomes aware of what he is to do now in the cosmic purpose. He sees with greater or less clarity according to the detachment from personal associations.Without expansion and inspiration, thought is likely to become derivative and repetitive. Merely rational plans, not being in accord with the inner lines of the situation, are ill adapted. And so, well intentioned though they may be, they often become sterile and even destructive.

Action itself, without the evenness of yoga, becomes clogged with associations. Everything is done in treacle, as one teacher put it. Any movement is first automatically resisted. When forced through, it is accompanied by clinging strands of contradictory impulses.

There is no freedom and no one-pointedness, so nothing is created. Consequently, as Sankara says, there is not the joy either of self-realization within or in the play of the Self as a cosmos imaginatively projected externally. Yogic realization leads to these two things: delight in the Self-in-itself, and sport in the Self-as-magic-show.

The surviving body-mind complex lives out its span impelled directly by the universal Self. Sankara, and the Gita itself, refer in places to the line of the Mundaka Upanishad:

‘Sporting in the Self, delighting In the Self, he is active’.

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© Trevor Leggett

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