“Having returned and eaten, the Lord put away his bowl and cloak, bathed his feet, and sat with legs crossed and body upright upon the seat arranged for him, mindfully fixing attention in front of himself.”
I remember reading this passage several years ago and thinking that this refered to holding his attention in the Ajna Chakra (Third Eye). Ajna is Sanskrit for control.
Sutra 54, Book II, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali reads: “Abstraction (or Pratyahara) is the subjugation of the senses by the thinking principle and their withdrawal from that which has hitherto been their object.”
And if you care to look up Pratyahara in Wikipedia here’s what you’ll find: “Apart from Pranayama, another device that is used to aid in the development of Pratyahara is to concentrate on the point between the eyebrows. This location is known as Ajna Chakra or the third eye.” Is this the root of the nose that some authors on meditation refer to?
Go to Ajna Chakra in Wikipedia and someone wrote that“it represents the superior mental consciousness that favors the direct perception over the invisible worlds, and the direct perception of the subtle aspects of manifestation.”
It is said that the Buddha was born, enlightened and died at the full moon of Taurus whose esoteric key note is: “I see and when the eye is opened all is light”.
May you awaken and be free.