Yoga on line on Right view, we may recall, arose for many of the Buddha s disciples when he had provided them with a teaching in brief and enabled them to follow the path because the karmic conditioning that had so restricted their freedom was no longer operative. In short, practitioners of yogic meditation do the kinds of things that are often done by people who seek to induce trance states, and they have subsequent experiences that are characterized by a sense of veridicality or reality a combination that is highly reminiscent of reports of deep trance experiences. This statement of parallelisms is not particularly controversial in itself but controversy inevitably arises when we seek to determine the status of experiences that are claimed to reveal the truth. Are they to be taken as literally true or as imaginative constructs that just seem to be true? Those who have the experiences and those who want what the experiencers say to be true will be inclined to favour the former interpretation, whilst those who come from the perspective of trance research will be inclined to favour the latter. In support of the latter interpretation is the fact, mentioned above, that different yogic meditators, and indeed mystics from other religious traditions who do the same kinds of things, tend to experience quite different truths as a result of their exertions. The Vedantic yogin experiences the ultimate reality as all-embracing, undifferentiated being. A follower of Patanjali experiences kaivalya, the separation of the individual spirit (purusa/drastr) from the psycho-physical world of prakrti. Yoga on line 2016.
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