We use our ingredients list to construct an at least plausible recipe for samadhi. The recipe is not complete. There are missing ingredients. But in attempting to make a recipe, at least some holes in the recipe are revealed.
I continue to court controversy, this time by discussing how some yoga is good and some is bad. It’s not my idea but is one of the ways people have interpreted some of the aphorisms of the Yoga Sutras.
Last time we discussed pratiprasava, the return of consciousness to its source by absorbing the effects into the causes. We now discuss how this works. Pratiprasava occurs when the yogi uses samadhi to descend through the layers of the mind. The bindu is the “doorway” connecting the layers.
Summary: There is some specific feature of consciousness that allows it to move among the different planes. The most obvious is the idea of “rate of vibration”. But this doesn’t account for the main dichotomy of consciousness where a subjective self seems embedded in an objective external world. The main idea I explore here is that consciousness is like a Möbius strip: it seems to have two sides, but really only has one side. This Möbius property is what allows consciousness to transfer from one plane to the next. Yoga has long known this property to exist and calls it “bindu”; a hole in consciousness that, as I speculate here, may be the “fold” that allows consciousness to literally shift from pointing in one direction to pointing into another direction, e.g. into another plane.