Patanjali Yoga Sutra 2.11 (Parisamvad)

Patanjali Yoga Sutra Transcribed from Parisamvad at The Yoga Institute.

Chapter 2, Sutra 11



DhyanA: Meditation
Heyah: to be overcome, or reduced
Tat: that
Vrttayah: activities, fluctuations, modifications, changes

Their Modifications Can Be Burnt by Meditation

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Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra:

“This is now pertaining to Dhyana’ One who has total disinterest in material things, and is one-pointed. He gains knowledge and understanding and ultimately he can reject all kinds of temptations. So this is the concept to be discussed.”

Smt. Hansaji J. Yogendra:

“We are in the second chapter of the Yoga Sutras, the Sadhana Pada. Here, the beginning was done with Kriya Yoga, i.e. Tapa, Swadhyaya and Ishvara Pranidhana. When one does all these things, the result would be that his Kleshas would reduce to a great extent, they would become minute. Kleshas are those things which are going to cause nothing else but pain and suffering. So we really reduce our pain and suffering through fortitude, through more and more understanding about life and through surrender to the will of the absolute. These three things are very important.

So then the Kleshas have become very minute. But Kleshas can flare up very easily, when the conducive situations are there. This reflects our ignorance. That’s why to remove even these Kleshas, for knowledge, for real understanding, what is now mentioned is Dhyana, i.e. concentration, meditation. So this technique has to be used. And to remove or destroy the Klesha Vrittis. So a person has to really sit quietly because that is the only thing which would help reveal knowledge. A person has to reach Nirbij Samadhi, very often sitting and meditating, that would bring knowledge and the person would be free from Kleshas. So here the technique part is emphasized. So the effort has to be made from all sides to remove our Kleshas otherwise there could be havoc.

Now meditation could be of different varieties, but here the meditation is at gross level, then at subtle level and then no object at all but just remain steady for a long long time. Now this is a slow training of the mind and this is how we move ahead in life.”


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