Yoga Sutra 3.38 the mind can enter another body

Sūtra III.38

From loosening of the cause of tying, and awareness of how the mind moves, the mind can enter another body

The mind is not (inherently) fixed, being constantly agitated. The point is, that it is held fixed in the body by the ties of its karma-stock. Loosening of that cause-of-tying comes about by force of samādhi; awareness of how the mind moves is from samādhi alone. From the thinning out of the karma-ties, and awareness of how his own mind moves, the yogin draws out the mind from his own body and installs it in other bodies.

As his mind flies out, the senses go with it. As the bees swarm after the flying royal bee and settle when it settles, so the senses follow the mind in its entry into another body, and are distributed there.

From loosening of the cause of tying, and awareness of how the mind moves, the mind can enter another body. Mind is not (inherently) fixed, being constantly agitated like a bell that has been struck, or the quivering scintillation of a mass of burning charcoal. The point is, that it is held fixed in the body by the ties of its karma-stock, so that it is confined to the body as its abode.

Karma is the cause of that tying. Loosening of that cause, the karma-stock’s becoming loose, comes about by force of samādhi. And awareness of how the mind moves is from samādhi alone. From the thinning out of the karma-ties, and awareness of how his own mind moves – for instance, ‘from this cause it is thrilled, or it is deluded, or it is disturbed on account of that cause’ – this sort of awareness of the movements and real state of the mind, the yogin draws out the mind from his own body and installs it in other bodies.

As his mind flies out, the senses go with it, and it is by the operation of the senses in the other bodies that the functions like life-currents (prāṇa) appear there. As the bees swarm after the flying royal bee and settle when it settles, so the senses follow the mind in its entry into another body, and are distributed there.

 

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