I acknowledge this graphic from the Net.


Focus on the movement on the mind

In desire or knowledge moving to the Source

Realise Shiva state


In this 73rd dharana of Vigyana Bhairava Tantra Shiva advises us to move from the movements of the mind to

its core.


If we are ‘fortunate’ to have all functional senses active, we are constantly bombarded with sensory inputs, even we

believe we are asleep. Neurological studies indicate that less that 1% of the sensory input are recorded by the mind,

and of this 90% or more is unconsciously recorded. Therefore, what we remember as inputs is a tiny fraction of what

bombards us as information constantly. Even with this tiny fraction, most of what is memory is distorted. The information

stored as memory mind maps is far different from the reality of experiential receipt. This has been proven in studies

time and again.


There is not much difference between in the sensory inputs between what we consider as knowledge and what leads to desire.

All sensory inputs are both knowledge and desire seeking, sometimes fears and anxieties as well. These are what yoga calls the

modifications of the mind. The objective of yoga is to still the mind. Patanjali’s yoga arises from Shiva’s tantra.


We cannot stop the sensory inputs. Even in pratyahara, moving away from sensory perceptions, when a trained yogi may block

external inputs, or thinks he does, an internal audio video recording continues to play. This is why Patanjali follows pratyahara with

dharana, focusing the mind on one sense, and dhyana, meditating on one thought. If pratyahara works, why then focus on one sense?

if that works to still the mind, why focus on one thought? Ask your yoga teacher or guru this.


Some gurus talk of sunya or void meditation, with no thoughts. If they experienced no thoughts at this state, how did they remember this state?

How do they then teach it? There is no thoughtless state of the mind. There is only a mindless state where we can be disengaged from

thoughts in a witnessing mode. If you do not accept this, read Patanjali. he knows more than today’s gurus.


Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga limbs are graded steps to awareness. First follow guidelines of yama and niyama to establish a life style. Then train body and mind

through asana and pranayama. Then, exercise restraint on senses through pratyahara,  train the mind to one sense through dharana,

and then train the mind to one thought through dhyana. When this is achieved one can move to the witnessing mode of samadhi, the

mindless state, where one can glimpse the Source.


Once we glimpse the Source, thought patterns of desire, knowledge and other mind map modifications cease. The Source is stillness,

Shiva state.