(Last Updated on : 21/07/2010)
The twenty-sixth yoga sutra speaks about the manner in which the consciousness is strongly attracted towards the soul or the seer, owing to the strong gravitional pull of the 'exalted intelligence'. Consciousness, it seems, heavily relies upon this intelligence. When this 'exalted intelligence' goes aflame, consciousness is likewise illuminated. It becomes liberated and radiates divinity. And due to this mechanism, consciousness is drawn towards its source - the undividable seer. Although, before reaching such a state, consciousness has to pass through several stages of worldly pleasures. And finally, when both (intelligence and consciousness) are released from biasness, they gravitate towards the seer.
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Then consciousness is drawn strongly towards the seer or the soul due to the gravitational force of the exalted intelligence.
When the exalted intelligence is ablaze, consciousness is illumined; it becomes free and tinged with the divine (citta suddhi). Due to this divine light, citta, with its exalted intelligence, is attracted as if by a magnet towards its source - the indivisible seer who is alone, free and full.
Before reaching the state of exalted intelligence, consciousness is attracted more towards the pleasures of the world. When intelligence is free from doubts and prejudices, it gravitates towards the absolute seer.
As a farmer builds dykes between his fields to regulate the flow of water, similarly, exalted intelligence builds a dyke for the consciousness, so that it does not move again towards the world, but turns and flows towards union with the divine seer. This is kaivalya, an existence filled with freedom and beatitude. Such a yogi becomes a king amongst men.