Yoga Sutra 3.17 understanding of the cries of all beings

Sūtra III.17 There is confusion from the mutual projection of word, meaning and idea on to each other. From saṃyama on their distinctness (comes) understanding of the cries of all beings Now, another object for saṃyama is presented, directed towards word, meaning, and understanding. There is confusion from the mutual projection of word, meaning, and idea on to each other. From saṃyama on their distinctness, understanding of the cries of all beings is attained. Of these, what is word, and what again are the meaning and the idea? What is the cause of the confusion, and how are they to be distinguished? With regard to these, speech has its function only in (uttering) letter-sounds. Hearing has as its field merely transformations of sound. With regard to these: what can be uttered by speech, and heard by ear, is word. The further point is examined, as to whether it is the …

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