Patanjali Yoga Sutra 1.41 (Parisamvad)

Patanjali Yoga Sutra Transcribed from Parisamvad at The Yoga Institute.

Chapter 1, Sutra 41



Ksinavrtteh : with modifications of mind weakened
Abhijatasya : transparent, purified
Iva : like
Maneh : of a crystal
Grahitr : knower
Grahana : process of knowing, instrument of knowing
Grahyesu : the knowable
Tatstha : remaining in it
Tadanjanata : taking on the colouring of that, appearing to take the shape of the object
Samapattih : complete absorption, total balance

(The Citta) After The Modifications Cease, Becomes Like A Transparent Crystal, With The Power Of Appearing In The Shape Of The Object Presented To It The Knowable, The Knower, Or The Act Of Knowing, (The Being) Called Samapatti Or Samadhi (In Yoga)

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“In our usual thinking, we get easily strayed away. We may be thinking about some matters, but other distractions will come. The result – we have not gathered enough knowledge. At certain levels, adults accept and those who understand, they know, that they have missed out the point. So the suggestion is to control that mind, concentrate, and keep it fixed. These are the higher techniques of yoga, when mind becomes the object, no other thoughts. Of course it’s not easy, but they are just laying down the steps of how one proceeds.

You see, the capability is acquired. Whether it is used in one direction or another is a totally different thing. When we are talking and listening, we are not able to understand fully what the other individual wants to say. We have our own ideas so we have half-hearted knowledge. That’s the point. We are discussing about how our mind works usually. It is not a very accurate and clear mind. It has its earlier memories, certain kind of prejudices, all that comes in. We might claim that ‘We have seen this’ but in reality, we have not seen the thing as it is. We are seeing through coloured glasses. In yoga, the effort is to see the thing as it is, where this colouring business is stopped. Then you can understand the reality. In case of great Yogis, such things happen when they don’t get disillusioned. They know the thing and say. We, who want to speak in a nice way, pleasant way, we try to colour the whole thing and don’t tell the truth. So trying to understand life, we are not able to see the truth about it. We call it as beautiful and long, and all that. But in reality, it has a limited time and it has ups and downs but we don’t want to give it those things. We paint a good picture.”


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  • Sriranjani Narayanan
    Posted at 15:56h, 27 February Reply

    Hari Om and Namaste,
    My name is Sriranjani andI live in Bangalore. I am interested in attending Parisamvad sessions but unfortunately I cannot. Are these sessions posted on YouTube or any blog where I could probably have access. Please let me know.

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