Yogadrstisamuccaya of Haribhadra Suri (Study)

by Riddhi J. Shah | 2014 | 98,110 words

This page relates ‘Kshepa (distraction)’ of the study on the Yogadrstisamuccaya: a 6th-century work on Jain Yoga authored by Haribhadra Suri consisting of 228 Sanskrit verses. The book draws from numerous sources on traditional Yoga. Three important topics are stipulated throughout this study: 1) nature of liberation, 2) a liberated soul, and 3) omniscience.—This section belongs to the series “The Eight Yogadrishtis and the nature of a Liberated Soul”.

The beholder of balā dṛṣṭi’s psyche never gets distracted [i.e., kṣepa] towards any activity other than the one he is practicing. Hence he performs spiritual activity such as meditation etc. with focused concentration. Since he concentrates fully while practicing a particular spiritual activity, he acquires fine skills requisite for practicing the same[1] .

The subject in question uses various instruments (upakaraṇas) for performing spiritual activities. However, while doing so he never develops feeling of possession for the instruments. He does not have liking for a certain moreover, he is aware of the prescribed way of using/applying the instruments. Hence he abstains himself from indulging into misapplication/misusage of them[2] . Thus he leaves sinful activities and stops his soul from accumulating inauspicious karmanas[3] . For instance to use a piece of paper, which is an instrument of knowledge (jñānopakaraṇa), for packing eatables instead of writing is called misapplication/misusage of it. If one misuses it, he will cause inflow of inauspicious karmanas (pāpa). Thus, the balā dṛṣṭi beholder’s proper usage of instruments, without having feeling of possession for them, becomes indirect cause of liberation[4] .

Footnotes and references:

[1]:

śubhayogasamārambhe, na kṣepo'syāṃ kadācana |
upāyakauśalaṃ cā'pi
, cārū tadviṣayaṃ bhavet || 55 ||
   –Yogadṛṣṭisamuccaya

[2]:

pariṣkāragataḥ prāyo, vighāto'pi na vidyate |
avighātaśca sāvadya-parihārānmahodayaḥ ||
56 ||
   –ibid.

[3]:

avighātaśca kimbhūto bhavatītyāha-sāvadyaparihārāt pratiṣiddha parihāreṇa..... || 56 ||
   –Auto-commentary on Yogadṛṣṭisamuccaya

[4]:

mahodayaḥ–abhyudayaniḥśreyasa heturityarthaḥ || 56 ||
   –ibid.

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