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kāyendriya-siddhir aśuddhi-kṣayāt tapasaḥ
By austerity, impurities of body and senses are destroyed and occult power gained.
Translated - Swami Satchidananda
This sutra highlights the transformative power of intense discipline in purifying the body and refining the senses. Just as a blazing fire consumes impurities and leaves behind pure and refined elements, so does intense discipline burn away the limitations and imperfections that hinder our growth. Intense discipline is a wholehearted commitment to aligning our thoughts, actions, and behaviours with our highest values, becoming the highest expression of self. It involves unwavering focus and dedication, regardless of the challenges and distractions that may arise. As we persist in our discipline, our body and senses undergo a profound refinement. The body becomes a pure vessel, capable of expressing our highest potential. The senses become heightened and attuned to subtler aspects of life, allowing us to perceive the world with greater clarity and depth. We gain greater control over our mental processes and emotions, cultivating inner peace and emotional balance. With a purified body and refined senses, we become more receptive to higher wisdom and intuitive guidance. Our connection with our inner self deepens, and we gain access to inner resources and insights that were previously obscured. As we become clearer and more attuned to higher frequencies, this heightened sensitivity allows for the development of occult powers or spiritual abilities, often referred to as "siddhis".
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