BLUFF OF DIVINE HEARING AND GOING BY THE SKY ROUTE
SUTRA (III-41, III-42) – MIRACLES OF YOG
VERSUS THE BLUFFS OF YOGA
ALL THE BLUFF – CALL THE BLUFF
But for the make believe anecdotes in mythological literature even an anthropomorphic god has not shown the possession of those powers that have been propagated to be reserved for a practitioner of spiritualist YOGA. Just sample these real life situations:
a) Thoroughly attired and bedecked with priceless jewelry and the miraculous weapons no god in Somnath temple could ever defend itself from loot and plunder over and over again or defend the petitioners praying within HIS HEARING distance from being butchered mercilessly.
b) No god has ever been found to be the HEARING factor in deciding the results of cricket matches, horse races, lotteries, stocks, elections and examinations in spite of innumerable petitions duly HEARD. Perhaps the conflicting prayers force him to be inactive.
c) Governments and the executive heads keep on tumbling down in spite of the prayers and the oath taking ceremonies duly HEARD and conducted at the most auspicious moment.
d) And still we believe that a god who does not exist in person form will come to our rescue in spite of the fact we know what Swami Dayanand knew as a child only that a stone idol that could not defend itself against the onslaughts of a mouse even cannot come running to defend the petitioner after HEARING the cries for help.
e) It is because we have been drugged to believe that a devotee’s request is always HEARD by quoting non-verifiable anecdotes from mythological literature that god always rushes to a devotee’s help “जब जब भीड़ पड़ी भक्तन पर गरुड़ छोड़ कर धाये” I
f) And that’s why an attempt has been made through spiritualistic explanations of these sutras to convince that a practitioner of YOGA develops the ability of divine HEARING and he can rush by the sky route like a mythological god to answer and help overcome the difficult situations of his disciples He has already been vested with the ability of entering any body (sutra III-38), may be the fastest here. And he has been presumed to possess the ability to bless or curse people (sutra III-23).
g) But the condition of being a real follower / believer (भक्त) has got to be fulfilled. Otherwise your entreaties will go UNHEARD like the situations mentioned in a) to c) above where even god had to turn a deaf ear.
h) The whole idea appears to be to create awe for a practitioner of spiritualistic YOGA and create as many followers as possible.
Is it not safer to at least prepare oneself for any eventuality by getting rid of such ridiculous explanations than to get shocked or butchered sitting in an idle pose?
BLUFF OF POSSESSING THE ABILITY OF DIVINE HEARING AND GOING BY THE SKY ROUTE – SUTRA (III-41, 42)
The sutras quoted as authority for spreading these bluffs are:
(III-41) SHROTRAKASHYO SAMBANDH (first part) SANYAMADI (second part) DIVYAM SHROTRAM (third part)
(III-41) श्रोत्राकाशयोः संबंध संयमादि दिव्यं श्रोत्रम्
(III-42) KAYAKASHYO SAMBANDH (first part) SANYAMAT (second part) LAGHUTUL SAMAPATTESHCH (first part) AKASH GAMNAM (third part)
(III-42) कायाकाशयोः संबंधसंयमात् लघुतूलसमापत्तेश्चाकाशगमनम्
As usual the STANDARD SPIRITUALISTIC translations are as under which are arrived at by filling in the blanks of the outline
STANDARD SPIRITUALISTIC TRANSLATION
(III-41) By MEDITATING / CONCENTRATING on the relationship between sky / space / ether and the sense of hearing, supernatural / divine hearing is gained
BLUFF PROPAGATED – A yogi possesses the divine ability of even hearing subtle, hidden and distant sounds
(III-42) By MEDIDATING / CONCENTRATING on the relationship between sky / space / ether and the body and when there is contemplation about the light weight of cotton, the body becomes capable of going anywhere by the sky route.
BLUFF PROPAGATED – A yogi possesses the ability to go anywhere by the sky route as he can make his body weightless.
The spiritualistic translations suffer from the following additional infirmities besides the non-cognizance of the contexts of SANYAM and PARINAM that are common to all the sutras of this chapter
• The word SHROTRA (श्रोत्र) in sutra III-41 has generally been interpreted as the ears, a part of a physical body as the miraculous improvement here suits the ultimate aim of glorifying a practitioner of YOGA who achieves such proficiency by sitting in an idle pose. In the process it is completely forgotten that Patanjali, in the next sutra III-42 only, is hinting at the definite relationship of the complete body (KAYA काय) with the same AKASH (आकाश). Then why should he specify the ears only in sutra III-41? The word SHROTRA (श्रोत्र) may indicate SOUND also as the ears function is to hear sound only and there is a clear exhortation to find out its properties (DIVYAM SHROTRAM दिव्यं श्रोत्रम्). The entire SAMVED glorifies SOUND (NAAD नाद) only. The entire universe is under the spell of sound only. NAADAM ADHINAM SARVAM JAGATAM (नादम् अधीनम् सर्वं जगतम्). So to understand SHROTRA (श्रोत्र) as SOUND in sutra III-41 is more appropriate than ears.
• Similarly the word AKAASH (आकाश) in both the sutras has generally been interpreted to mean sky as it again suits the designs of a practitioner of spiritualist YOGA to make him fly in the sky at will. The normal prevalent meanings at that time could have been either one of the five elements (JALजल, VAYUवायु, AGNIअग्नि, PRITHVIपृथ्वी and AKAASH आकाश ), the constituents of the entire universe or one of the nine DRAVYAS (द्रव्य) mentioned in VAISHESHIK(वैशेषिक) the philosophy of KANAAD(कणाद)
• The word TUL (तूल) has generally been translated as cotton but it also means air and atmosphere. These meanings are equally relevant in the context.
MIRACLE AS MEANT BY PATANJALI
The same sutras give the entirely logical and practical approach to the subject if the contexts of SANYAM संयम and PARINAM परिणाम as explained by Patanjali are duly kept in mind. The explanations will read as under:
STANDARD EXPLANATION AS PATANJALI MEANT FOR SUTRA III-41
“If you have made up your mind (DHARNA धारणा) to choose your subject of study as finding out the properties (DHARM धर्म), the symptoms (LAKSHAN लक्षण) and the states of existence (AWASTHA अवस्था), the three dimensions of PARINAM (परिणाम), about the relationship between SOUND and SPACE a subject of elements (BHUT भूत covered under BRAHM GYAN (ब्रह्म ज्ञान)
And you are determined to pay never distractible attention (DHYAN ध्यान) in order to stick to this decision under any circumstances and you are confident of working wholeheartedly (SAMADHI समाधि) come what may for execution of this decision; you are likely to get that insight (PRAGYA प्रज्ञा) into the underlying principles of sequence (KRAM क्रम) about the relationship between sound and space, the subject of your study which will be of help to you
In understanding the reasons of the various remarkable properties of sound which you should be able to make use or implement (VINIYOG विनियोग) in any field of further exploration and invention etc”.
BRANCH OF KNOWLEDGE INDICATED – ether as medium of communication, sonar systems, radar etc.
RECIPROCAL STATEMENT OF THIS SUTRA – If properties of sound are studied then the importance of the medium of communication and its relation with sound are known.
STANDARD EXPLANATION AS PATANJALI MEANT FOR SUTRA III-42
If you have made up your mind (DHARNA धारणा) to choose your subject of study as finding out the properties (DHARM धर्म), the symptoms (LAKSHAN लक्षण) and the states of existence (AWASTHA अवस्था), the three dimensions of PARINAM (परिणाम), about the relationship between HUMAN BODY and SPACE a subject of elements and senses (BHUT भूत covered under BRAHM GYAN ब्रह्म ज्ञान and senses इन्द्रियां covered under ATM GYAN आत्म ज्ञान) and compare it with lightness of cotton, air or atmosphere
And you are determined to pay never distractible attention (DHYAN ध्यान) in order to stick to this decision under any circumstances and you are confident of working wholeheartedly (SAMADHI समाधि) come what may for execution of this decision; you are likely to get that insight (PRAGYA प्रज्ञा) into the underlying principles of sequence (KRAM क्रम) about the relationship, the subject of your study which will be of help to you
In understanding the reasons of the various things becoming lighter than air / atmosphere and becoming capable of traveling in space which you should be able to make use or implement (VINIYOG विनियोग) in any field of further exploration and invention etc”.
BRANCH OF KNOWLEDGE INDICATED – aero-dynamics, space research etc.
RECIPROCAL STATEMENT OF THIS SUTRA – If traveling in space is chosen as the subject of study then the factors responsible for the relationship between the body and the medium of communication are known.
ANALYSIS OF THE COMPARISON AND CONCLUSIONS
On one hand thousands of years must have passed people doing this spiritualistic meditation and concentration and no such practitioner has ever been noticed who has developed the ability of flying with or without body by sky route at any instant or has become capable of hearing the distant, hidden and subtle sounds. While on the other millions are involved in hearing distant and hidden sounds every minute through television, radio, mobile phones and landlines and thousands are involved improving the quality of reception and hundreds are busy round the clock interpreting and decoding the subtle sounds of the universe received through various satellites. And all this because a few like Graham Bell, Marconi or Baird had understood the basic principles of relationship between sound and the medium AKASH and worked on it. Similarly Wright brothers, Robert Goddard, Von Braun etc must have worked hard to understand the basic principles of relationship between a physical body and AKASH and make air or space travel a possibility