Celibacy/Abstinence/One pointedness


The sage Patanjali says:
3.1 One-pointedness is steadfastness of the mind.
3.2 Unbroken continuation of that mental ability is meditation.
3.3 That same meditation when there is only consciousness of the object of meditation and not of the mind is realization.
3.4 The three appearing together are self-control.
later : 3.23 By self-control over any kind of strength, such as that of the elephant, that very strength arises.

WHat does it means to do self-control on any kind of strenght such as that of an elephant? I understand perfectly the concept of self-control or samyama but how to relate this to self-control on an elephant strenght? It means you imagine yourself as an elephant one-pointedly and get supernatural strenght? I ask this as to understand how are siddhis manifested even if they are not important. Thanks.

1. When the subject, object and the process of the subject focusing on the object, all fuse, it is Samyama. When this process occurs, one unites with the quality of the object, which may be anything.

2. One does not imagine himself to be an elephant, but merges into that symbolic strength. It takes long practice to master Samyama, be it of any kind. Hence the wise Yogi does Samyama on the self alone without wasting his resources on the non-self.

ॐ तत् सत्
(That Supreme being is the absolute truth)


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