Patanjali Yoga Sutra 1.33 (Parisamvad)

Patanjali Yoga Sutra Transcribed from Parisamvad at The Yoga Institute.

Chapter 1, Sutra 33


Maitri – Karuna – Mudita – Upeksanam – Sukha – Dukha – Punya – Apunya – Visayanam – Bhavanatah – Chitta – Prasadanam

Maitri : friendliness , pleasantness , lovingness
Karuna : compassion
Mudita : goodwill
Upeksanam : indifference
Sukha : happy , comfortable , joyous
Dukha : pain , sorrow , misery
Punya : virtuous
Apunya : non virtuous
Visayanam : regarding those subjects
Bhavanatas : by cultivating habits , by constant reflection , developing attitude
Citta : personality complex
Prasadanam : undisturbed , peaceful

The Mind Becomes Purified By The Cultivation Of Feelings Of Amity , Compassion, Goodwill , And Indifference Respectively Towards Happy , Miserable , Virtuous , And Sinful Creatures .

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Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra:

“There is a question in the sutra, whether we can we maintain a happy peaceful attitude when we are confronted by different kinds of people. Our usual reaction is if there is a good person we are nice, bad person we are angry. Throughout the day this goes on. The result is we are not very steady in our mind. Everything depends on whom we see , whom we talk to, whom we listen on telephone. The attempt here is to see that the mind remains cool. We can carry out such an instruction provided we are interested to maintain the mind in a stable state. The yogic techniques and practices will start only after that. Only if the mind is steady that you can instruct and concentrate. If the mind is unsteady then where is concentration. So these are called Parikarmas. They are the starting point for those who are genuinely interested in yoga. Those interested in their usual worldly life and have their own angle , they react. But to maintain that friendly attitude is very hard.”

Smt. Hansaji J. Yogendra:

“Earlier sutra was talking about obstacles in our progress. Then comes the formula – Ek Tatva Abhyasa – make the mind steady. Now comes this sutra. We have intellect and emotions. We have to deal with both these aspects of our personality. The suggestion is not to do any action – feel the emotion in the mind – Maîtri, Karuna , Mudita and Upeksha.”


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1 Comment
  • chandresh
    Posted at 11:46h, 17 April Reply

    We can mean the upeksha … As treat every body equal, even manager and the waiter … Big status man and a low profile man.

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