He himself, oh descendant of Bharata, as well as his mind and five senses, comes to rest when he has reached the first course of meditation by the incessant practice of yoga. That bliss of him whose self is thus controlled, will not be attained by means of any kind of human effort or fate. Endowed with that bliss he will delight in the activity of meditation. In this way the yogins attain to that nirvana which is free from disease.â (MBh. 12. 188.20-22)
Not only the influence of Buddhist meditation can be observed, but there are also clear examples of yoga meditation perceived as ascetic mortification meditation. This is clearly the proto-yoga of the Jains. The following extract gives a detailed description of the process of mortification:
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