Patanjali Yoga Sutra 1.40 (Parisamvad)

Patanjali Yoga Sutra Transcribed from Parisamvad at The Yoga Institute.

Chapter 1, Sutra 40


Paramanu-Paramamahattva-Antah-Asya- Vasikarah

Paramanu: from the minutest
Paramamahattva: largeness, magnitude
Anah: end, extending to
Asya: of this, of his or hers
Vasikarah: mastery, power

When The Mind Develops The Power Of Stabilizing On The Smallest Size As Well As On The Greatest One , Then The Mind Comes Under Control.

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Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra:

“We are talking about concentration. When we can concentrate on subtle things, atoms, infra atoms, then we get control. Mind becomes steady, Vasanas (latent desires) reduce, there is complete control on mind. Then there is understanding. It is not easy to reach this state. Remaining steady and reducing the Vasanas is difficult. The mind keeps running, old desires surface. When we reach that state then special powers come to us and the steady mind can do a lot of things.

A very great lawyer in Allahabad High court began his arguments in a wonderful way and was carrying on. His junior sitting next to him was continuously wanting to draw his attention. The lawyer was so lost in his arguments that he didn’t bother. As he was coming to the end he looked at the junior and asked him what do you want to say. The junior said, ‘Sir you have been arguing against our client all the time. You have to argue for the client and you have been arguing against the client’. This great lawyer suddenly realized his mistake and told the court that these were the arguments that the opposition was putting before the court and now he will prove them all wrong. He was a great lawyer and he could prove himself. This actually happened in Allahabad High Court.

Yogendraji, when he was in America, had rich students. They would go to the country side and their hobby was pistol shooting. They asked Yogendraji if he can use use the gun and shoot. Yogendraji told them that he had never used the gun. They told him to try. He used it on a tree and the first shot was perfect. The students were surprised and asked him to try again. The second attempt was also perfect. Then they realized that concentration is something that can be gained through yoga. One who gains it, is good at his job.”

Smt. Hansaji J. Yogendra:

“If you systematically train mind, you can develop tremendous capacity. Human capacity is great. The earlier sutras were telling us how to train the mind, how to concentrate. Once you become steadier and steadier, control on the mind comes. Once the mind becomes steady, then it can be put on different areas. Vashikar – complete control on mind can be gained. Here at The Yoga Institute we have a holistic approach. If a mind is capable of doing a certain thing nicely, the same mind can also do many other things nicely. ”


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