Patanjali Yoga Sutra 1.35 (Parisamvad)

Patanjali Yoga Sutra Transcribed from Parisamvad at The Yoga Institute.

Chapter 1, Sutra 35



Visayavati : of the sensing experience
Va : or( other practices from 1.34 to 1.39)
Pravrttih : higher perception , activity
Utpanna : arising, manifesting
Manasah : mind , mental
Sthiti : stability , steadiness
Nibandhani : firmly establishes , causes , holds

The Development Of Higher Objective Perceptions Called Visayavati Also Brings About Tranquility Of The Mind.

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Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra:

“We are discussing the Samadhi techniques. The simple instruction is, keep the mind focused. This is very necessary and it generally happens when the person is interested in something more than the material – he is deeply concerned about things that are there – sitting before the sea – watching the sea – that also can hold attention. The advantages of keeping the mind steady are that it starts gaining new habits, new attitudes and new objectives. Though the object itself may not be so big and so great, but that attitude starts.

When considering an object, it should be the right kind of object. The right kind of objects come normally to a Yogi. One gets involved for sometime and that helps in making the mind steadier and even gaining a little knowledge. The important thing is gaining knowledge but it requires some incentive, something interesting – e.g. sitting there alone – no thoughts – except the great sea – that can be help. So these are the suggestions – concentrating on objects that are vast and innocent – of the right kind – that can also build up the future attitude of deep meditation. When you are developing, growing, evolving – the right kind of objects come. If you are not developing, growing then only the wrong things come. So when the mind is quieter, poised, deeply interested – the superior objects come naturally.”

Smt. Hansaji J. Yogendra:

“We are talking about how to make our mind stable, steady. Patanjali is giving us additional techniques – Parikarmas – to hold the mind & make it steady. Any object from the material world which we are interested can be taken up and then stay on it for a long time. Every individual has some or the other tendency – some love nature, some love colours, sea, vastness of clouds etc. When you read Kalidas’s ‘Meghdoot’, he is looking at the variety of clouds and tells the cloud, go and meet my beloved, he is so far from me. So his interest is in the clouds and he can concentrate on clouds for long. We have to know our tendency, our interest – it does not mean some human being, or hero or heroine, but nature or God – Krishna, Rama – what they are wearing, how their eyes are – one goes into details – there are bhajans for e.g. – nav kanj lochan, kanj mukhkar, kanj pad kanjarunam, Sri Ramchandra… One automatically stays at one place for long time. We are steady for a little little time, the sutra talks about making it steady for a long time.”


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