Patanjali’s classic text on Yoga

Extracts from S’ankara on the Yoga Sutras

In these extracts the translator proposes to give some idea of the original material which this sub-commentary provides for the study of the Yoga Sutras. Purely technical discussions are not included. It is intended that the meaning should be lucid and clear to the...

For the wise man, all is pain.

For the wise man,” says the Sutra, “ all is pain". This may seem a stern statement, yet if it be examined and found true, the narrow path of detachment leading to the peak of discrimination will be more easily trod. 'The wise man' says Vyasa, in his commentary on the...

Meditation instructions on the Yoga Sutras

Trevor Leggett's meditation instructions on the Yoga Sutras: He says "you have to know enough theory for a working basis" and referring to his book  'Sankara on the Yoga Sutras', he says " there is no need immediately to read the subtleties of the intellectual...

Yoga Sutras 1.2 to1.6

Sutra 1.2 Yoga is inhibition of the mental processes (Opponent) If the sutra has been presented to give this definition, it should have been ‘Yoga has inhibition of the mental processes’; to put them in apposition is not right, for a definition should not be simply...

Yoga Sutras 1.12 to 1.22

Sutra 1.12 Their inhibition is by practice and detachment Flowing both ways, the so-called stream of the mind flows to good or flows to evil. When it is borne on to release, down into the fleld of discrimination, that is the flow towards good: when it is borne on to...

Yoga Sutras 1.23 to 1.26

Sutra 1.23 Or by special devotion to the Lord As a result of the special devotion which is bhakti (love of God), the Lord bends down to him and rewards him according to what he has meditated on. If the yogin has meditated on it, the attainment of samadhi and its fruit...

Yoga Sutras 1.27 to 1.32

Sutras 1.27 to 1.32 Sutra 1.27 Of him, the expression is pranava (OM) What is expressed by pranava is the Lord. It has been said Or from devotion to the Lord (sutra 1.23). How should one perform devotion to him, and what is the means of that devotion? To explain the...

Yoga Sutras 1.33 to 1.40

Sutra 1.33 The mind is made clear by meditation on friendliness towards the happy, compassion for the suffering, goodwill towards the virtuous, and disinterest in the sinful Let him practise friendliness towards all beings experiencing happiness, compassion to those...

Yoga Sutras 1.41 to 1.49

Sutra 1.41 Identification-in-samadhi (samapatti) is when the mental process has dwindled and the mind rests on either the knower or the knowing process or a known object, and like a crystal apparently takes on their respective qualities. (Opponent) He is going to...

Yoga Sutras 1.50 and 1.51

Sutras 1.50 and 1.51, and refer back to 1.18. Sutra 1.50 The sarpskara produced by it inhibits other samskara-s The samskara produced by truth-bearing knowledge removes the accumulated deposit of samskara-s of extraversion. When the extravertive samskara-s are...

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