Patanjali Yoga Sutra 1.39 (Parisamvad)

Patanjali Yoga Sutra Transcribed from Parisamvad at The Yoga Institute.

Chapter 1, Sutra 39

Patanjali Yoga Sutra 1.39


Yatha : as, according to
Bhimat : one’s own choice , desire
Dhyanat : meditate on
Va : or (other practices above from sutras 1.34 to 1.39)

Or By Contemplating On Whatsoever Thing One May Like (The Mind Becomes Stable)

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Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra:

“Keeping the mind engaged seriously for long time is very important. We don’t have anything that serious, so the mind jumps, never steady and never so knowledgeable – jack of all trades. So the techniques in yoga – select an object and concentrate on it for a long time. This will help in making the mind more concentrated and capable of yogic training. This is the suggestion. If you are interested in training the mind, to reach better levels understanding, then this training is necessary.”

Smt. Hansaji J. Yogendra:

“We are talking about Parikarmas (techniques to make our mind concentrate on an object of your choice. Only one technique doesn’t help. Every human is different, so everyone will have to find out for himself what is that on which his mind can remain steady for long. Some families worship Shiva, some Rama, some Krishna, so it becomes easy to concentrate on that deity . The human minds needs training, the mind has to remain steady on one object for long , long time. Only then the mind will change its character and a new personality will develop and things will be different. The same technique may not suit the same person all the time. Find out the state of your mind and accordingly change the object of concentration but see that you sit at one place for long and train yourself. You can’t repair a running car, only when the car is stopped that any repair can be done. The whole life style will have to be changed. Food, sleep, wake up on time, desires etc. all have to be attended. All the five Pranas will have to be attended.”


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The Friday Parisamvad is dedicated to explanation of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by our esteemed Gurus, Dr. Jayadeva and Smt. Hansaji.

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