Transcending the 9 Obstacles

Sutra 1:32 tat pratisedha artham eka tattva abhyasah

To prevent, or deal with these nine obstacles and their four consequences, the recommendation is to make the mind one-pointed, training it to focus on a single principle or object at Will.

1.32 tat pratisedha artham eka tattva abhyasah

Therefore, (tat) to overcome the obstacles (pratisedha) to attaining truth, for the sake of (artham) union with the divine, cultivating the habit of single (eka) minded practice (abhyasah) is essential.

Single minded practice comes from concentration. Before being able to concentrate successfully one needs to have established firm ground in mindfulness. The purpose of meditation is to gradually increase the intensity of our concentration until it becomes single minded.

During single minded concentration, the mind does not veer off the object upon which your focus rests. When single mindedness happens, you will know without a shred of doubt that you are in the zone.

Initially, the focus will last just a few seconds because as soon as you establish concentration, you will ask, "Is this concentration?" In that moment concentration will be broken. We will learn more about concentration later sutras.

  • 1.32 tat pratisedha artham eka tattva abhyasah
  • tat - those, their

  • pratisedha - prevention, negation, neutralizing, prohibition, opposing, voiding, removal

  • artham = for, for the purpose of, in order to

  • eka - single,

  • tattva - truth, principle, subject, reality

  • abhyasah = practice, cultivating that habit