Yoga Sutra 4.04 the minds are projected from bare I-am-ness

Sūtra IV.4

The minds are projected from bare I-am-ness

Taking up this I-am-ness as the cause of the minds, he makes minds for the projections. Thus they have each a mind.

The minds are projected from bare I-am-ness (asmitā). Taking up this I-am-ness the I-notion (ahaṅkāra) he the yogin makes minds for the projections – projected minds, new, not formed by nature, and so independent of anyone. The word ‘mind’ is used as the example; senses and so on are also projected out of I-am-ness alone. Thus they have each a mind and senses.

Without mind and senses, a body would be almost a corpse, and meaningless. With just a single mind, there is no capacity for existence of auxiliary and principal, or differences in activity. But with the power, the creation of many bodies becomes possible to an individual consciousness (kṣetrajña). Difference in the instruments is needed for different activities of the secondary and principal.

But there are some who think that there will be a number of individual consciousnesses (kṣetrajña) corresponding to the separate bodies. Some of them urge that this is a doctrine of reaping the fruits of actions not committed. But others deny this, by asserting that the individual consciousnesses will have performed actions corresponding to their (present) situation.

How could the activities of several minds wait on the purposes of a single mind?

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