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Patanjali Yoga Sutra Quotes

Patanjali Statue

Samadhi Pada (Spiritual Absorption)

  • Yoga is the restraining of the operations of mind born of conditioning. -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 1:2
  • With Self staying in the self, one sees the supreme soul. In the state of samadhi, one is established in the witness person (supreme Consciousness)-Patanjali Yoga Sutras 1:3
  • Restrain on mental operations (Real Cognition, Pervasive Cognition, Fiction, Sleep, Memory) comes from Practice & Non-attachment. -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 1:12
  • Non-attachment is the controlling consciousness of a person who has no craving for visible & sciptural enjoyment. -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 1:15
  • That non-attachment is the highest when there comes  in the desirelessness for the qualities of the Purusha. -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 1:16
  • Pain, dejection, unsteadiness of limbs, inspiration & expiration are the companions of the distractions.-Patanjali Yoga Sutras 1:31
  • The transperency of the mind comes from the development of friendship, compassion, joy & neutrality regarding the spheres of pleasure, pain, virtue & vice respectively. -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 1:33
  • The transformation of the mind whose exhibitve operations have been destroyed, assumes like a high class crystal, the color of that on which it rests in relation to the receiver, the receiving instrument & the receivable object. -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 1:41
  • Samadhi that can be spoken about happens via knowing & contemplating. That is small. Later, Samadhi beyond description or analysis happend eventually. -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 1:42

Sadhana Pada (Teachings on Practice)

  • Penance, Study, aspirations afer Ishvara(God/Consciousness), Kriya Yoga (are the means to Liberation): -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 2:1
  • Non-Science, Egoism,  Attchment, Aversion & Clinging-to-life are the afflictions.  -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 2:3
  • Ignorance [avidya] is the root element of all of the other afflictions. Whether it is like or dislike and such, or deep sleep, weakness, dissoluteness or loftiness - no matter what type - all rise out of ignorance. -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 2:4
  • Discerning the temporary as everlasting, discerning the impure as pure, discerning sorrow as pleasure and discerning the non-self as the Self is called avidya [ignorance].-Patanjali Yoga Sutras 2:5
  • Attachment follows the experience of pleasure. Aversion follows the experience of Pain.  - Patanjali Yoga Sutras 2:7-8
  • Vrittis [activities and attributes of mind] destroy everyone's physical state. If one abides in dhyan (meditation), mind does not go to all those vrittis.   - Patanjali Yoga Sutras 2:11
  • The effects of good and bad actions of this life, and all of the unseen lives comprise the root cause of the afflictions of lust, anger and such. - Patanjali Yoga Sutras 2:12
  • The fruits of virtue and sin cause pleasure and sorrow.The fruits of good actions bring pleasure; the fruits of bad actions bring sorrow.- Patanjali Yoga Sutras 2:14
  • But for the discriminating person, the differences [good or bad] are only changes in suffering, and the vrittis of all the gunas are in opposition to oneself, and thus all are concluded to be sorrow only. - Patanjali Yoga Sutras 2:15
  • The Seer is of Consciousness-substance and the seen is of the mind/ intellect substance; the undiscriminating and ego-oriented enjoinment [samyoga] mentioned is the cause of sorrow.  If there is disengagement from that, sorrow and such do not remain.- Patanjali Yoga Sutras 2:17
  • Although gratification is basically a corrupt thing for the Person, it is viewed as good by ordinary people.  Ordinary people cannot perceive the unsubstantial nature - Patanjali Yoga Sutras 2:22
  • On the destruction of impurity by the gradual achievement of the component parts of Yoga, the light of knowledge goes upto the intellective revelation. -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 2:28
  • Harmlessness (Ahimsa), Truthfulness (Satya), Non-stealing (Asteya), Celibacy (Brahmacharya) & Non-clinging (Aparigraha) are the restraints (Yamas) . -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 2:30
  • Purification(shaucha), Contentment(Samtosha), Penance(Tapas), Self-Study(Svadhyaya), Focus on Ishvaara(Ishava-pranidhana) are the observances -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 2:32
  • Non-aggressive [non-violent] people do not have malicious feelings. -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 2:35
  • When non-stealing [not taking things unlawfully] is established, all riches appear. -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 2:37
  • When brahmacharya is established, one becomes valorous. If one establishes oneself in the Guru-initiated Kriya, one attains powers of perfection. -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 2:38
  • With non-acceptance of unnecessary things, the knowledge emerges of what I was, what I have become, and what I will be -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 2:39
  • With purity (with the understanding of impurity)* in one's own body, one becomes disinterested in worldly attachments and becomes detached from others -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 2:40
  • From purity comes sattvic immaculateness, dignified calmness, one- pointedness, and victory over the senses, and one becomes fit to witness the Self. -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 2:41
  • From contentment, one has endless happiness.-Patanjali Yoga Sutras 2:42
  • By austere spiritual practice, the body and senses gain power and impurities are eradicated.  By knowing the teachings of Guru and abiding constantly in Kutastha Brahman, mind is purified.  Later, powers such as "anima" and such - meaning the power of becoming tiny and such, and seeing and hearing events far away and such happen. -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 2:43
  • By spiritual study, one unites with the Divine Lord.  By listening to the Omkar Sound, one witnesses deities, sages and perfected beings, and when necessary, one receives benefits via that -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 2:44
  • By keeping mind in Kutastha Ishvara, one attains samadhi and all types of powers of perfection, and one gains knowledge of and beyond space and time. -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 2:45
  • One should take the asana [posture] in which the mind will remain steady.  It is for the sake of steadiness that asana is necessary.  One must attend to asana in order to not be lackadaisical, and to settle oneself in Infinite Brahman. -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 2:46-47
  • With continuous practice of pranayam, the mind also attains the power of concentration [dharana]. -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 2:53

Vibhuti Pada (Accomplishments)

  • Experiencing the meditator (mind), the object of meditation (Brahman) and meditation as one and the same, attaining the stoppage of knowing in meditation and such, and experiencing the Self as the Void is called "samadhi." -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 3:3
  • Via empathy [amiability], compassion and such, strength [might] comes about. -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 3:24
  • All of the fruits of the [above-mentioned] yogic powers can be obstacles to samadhi.  They will definitely create more karma if used recklessly. -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 3:38
  • By becoming completely devoid of all vasanas [latent desires], one attains the state of Kaivalya. -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 3:51
  • if mind falls under the control of the senses, one again becomes a slave of samsara.  Therefore, the yogic person must not become enslaved by greed [desire] and must not in any way display his lordship. -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 3:52

Kaivalya Pada (Enlightenment)

  • The cause of the appearance of many chittas (idea of individuality) is ego only. -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 4:4
  • When "pravritti" [outward movement] is cut, then it is seen that all of those chittas have/are the same fundamental chitta -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 4:5
  • only the chitta coming from meditation is "anashaya" - meaning: without expectation of the fruits of actions, and therefore is the greatest.-Patanjali Yoga Sutras 4:6
  • Action [karma] is of three types: 1) "white" - characteristic of saints, with charity, austerity etc.; 2) "black" - characteristic of unsaintly beings; 3) "white and black" - outwardly like saints, but the fruits later cause problems and the action is from [ordinary] human perspective] -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 4:7
  • One Brahman is verily everywhere, and thus, although all are actually One Thing only, things are perceived as different because of the lack of Brahman-Knowledge.-Patanjali Yoga Sutras 4:15
  • When there is no knowledge that all things subjects of one consciousness - meaning Brahman only -- when this type of [false] understanding prevails, there is awareness of [different] things because of conformity to vasanas. -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 4:16
  • Brahman and things cannot both be cognized [as real] at the same time. -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 4:19
  • When Brahman is experienced in every thing, then the intellect/mind can become still. -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 4:20
  • When the Consciousness-Person's mind settles down, being unconditioned/ unattached (stops moving in other directions)* - when this state is attained, the mind becomes aware of the Self.  Regardless of things having form, one sees that as the Atomic Form of Brahman is within and without [all things], things are themselves Brahman, or the manifestation of Brahman is happening in/through things.-Patanjali Yoga Sutras 4:21
  • Both the Seer and the seen - meaning the Person and things - are both Brahman; thus, in the knowledge of that, full realization and understanding is born. -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 4:22

  • Because of previous samskaras [latent impressions], beliefs [perceptions of mind] arise even in Kaivalya -Patanjali Yoga Sutras 4:26


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