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The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - Book 3 - Union achieved and its Results
12. When mind control and the controlling factor are equally balanced, then comes the condition of one-pointedness.

The Sanskrit term used is difficult to explain clearly. Such terms as one-pointed, single in intent, fixed, synthesized, perfected concentration, all give some idea of the mind condition under consideration.

The aspirant is now deliberately unconscious of all states of mind relating to the three worlds. His attention is focused upon a specific object, and primarily upon the reality or subjective life, veiled by the form of the object. He is likewise unconscious of himself, the thinker or knower, and only that which is contemplated is realized in the true sense of the term. This is the negative aspect.

It should be remembered, however, that this is a very active mental state, for the perceiving consciousness is aware of the object in a most comprehensive manner. The sum of its qualities, aspects and vibration is revealed to him, as well as the essential central energy which has called that [264] particular object into manifestation. This is revealed by the illuminating light of the mind being steadily directed upon that object. The perceiving consciousness is also aware of its identification with the reality behind the form. This is the true occult realization, but it is not the realization of the object so much as a realization of unity with, or identification with the life it veils.

This is in itself a dual condition but not in the ordinarily accepted sense. There is, however, a still higher state of consciousness when the unity of the life in all forms is realized, and not simply unity with the life in one specific object.

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