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Sublime Sanskrit Chanting, Vedic classical music and spiritual philosophy from Vedanta, Yoga and Samkhya
Meditating on Formless God in the Heart
This discourse reveals an approach on how to meditate on formless God as per Patanjali's Yogasutra aphorisms by establishing the Iśwara samāpatti (engrossment on a perfect being called Iśwara). His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda elucidates how to achieve engrossment in formless Iśwara by contemplating merging within God but inside the heart. The method is considered the prevalent Yogasutra guidance to resolve the difficulty of an abstract meditation on the formless conception of God. His Holiness expounds how a beginner can cognize God by using name or form; however, the idea and symbol must be related to God during the contemplation. He explains how verbal cognition can be somewhat delusive as one cannot perceive that which is beginningless or endless. Therefore an attention that retracts to the core of the I-sense wherein the contemplator can subtly, tangibly, and palpably feel in the heart is considered bonafide. His Holiness suggests withdrawing attention to that space in the heart where one intuits (core of I-Sense) and conceiving a limitless luminous space beholding the subtle feeling that God is pervading this space. Once this engrossment is established, one can offer their I-Sense and merge. Iśwara is described in the Yogasutra as that Being who is free from all afflictions, karma and its results, and any subliminal impression other than tranquility. The best English translation of Iśwara, who is omniscient due to immense mental prowess, is God.
Recorded live at a regular fellowship on 6th August 2016 in Santa Barbara