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Patanjali Yoga Sutras – Sutra 1&2 – Samadhi Pada

Patanjali Yoga Sutras – Samadhi Pada

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It shows us, what is the aim of yoga and which way leads there, namely, to know how the mind, psyche and emotions work, what techniques shall be practiced to decrease their power to make us suffering and detach from mind and emotions, what are obstacles in the path, and finally, to focus on the supreme consciousness. In short, man’s spiritual mind is that his cognitive faculties are disconnected from the Great Web of Creator/Creation. This disconnection or spiritual self alienation is called ignorance (avidya) and is the cause of his suffering (dukha). Thus yoga is the process of taking us back home to our un obscured true nature. Samadhi Pada is showing, how the limited individual mind is again re-united/connected through yoga (union).

Patanjali Yoga Sutra 1 
- Atha Yogānuśāsanam

Now I give the explanation of yoga and its practice.

Now: cause before, it has not been existing, in a written form.

Yoga practice begins with discipline!

Yoga itself is a discipline, but for success, have discipline!!

Till the individual self merges into the cosmic self. DO YOUR DUTY and DON’T EXPECT FRUITS OF ACTION! That’s the Teaching of bhagvad gita. Expectation leads to disappointment, cause it is selfish. Give your self in the hands of god (universe), devotion. Like a child, I give everything in the hand so god (universe), my life, my luck, my worries. Get back to innocence.

In Pure Integrity in All Our Relations, yoga is all-ways available here and now (in the sacred present), and as such, it is at once, the arrival, the abiding, and the unborn universal presence which when experienced is recognized instantaneously as our true spiritual home. We will then truly know when we have arrived home

Patanjali Yoga Sutra 2 – Yogaḥcittavṛtti Nirodhaḥ

The skill of yoga is demonstrated by the conscious non-operation of the vibrational modes of the mento-emotional energy.

Yoga practice starts, or will be successful by the mastery of thoughts, your sadhana practice will improve, if u cant, you can not meditate!!

Chitta Vritti: 

Chitta Vritti is the mento emotional energy, which forms our thoughts and emotions.

The vibrational energy of the mind always keeps moving in one way or the other.

Dynamically, the vrtti’s wavelike operations form patterns and vertices of manifold modifications, fluctuations, movements, oscillations, agitations, disturbances, perturbations, spins, disruption, revolving, swirling, or mental turmoil which are at the root of our anxieties, bio- psychic and spiritual tensions, conflicts, stress, afflictions (kleshas), distortions of reality and confusion.

Thus vrtti can be defined as the interruptive patterns and wavelike operations which occlude the continues flow of citta from manifesting. This citta-vrtti, characterised by specific thought patterns and activities, are our past programs and patterns of conditioning which limit our experience of the now and hence it is the vrtti (with its concomitant samskaras, kleshas, vasana, and karma) which are the operating principles of avidya (ignorance) which are the causal constituents of the spiritual disconnect/discontinuity.

In short the vrtti evince the whirlpool of ordinary thinking processes which create a turbulence, a directive spin, or bias — which condition, program, color, and distort the original unobstructed true pure nature of the unbiased and universal clear light of consciousness or Infinite Mind (citta). After we start to meditate, we notice that the “ordinary mind-field ” (victimized by the vrtti) is moving constantly from “place” to “place”. We can call that the monkey-mind

which moves through the action of vrtti .


Thus some spiritual masters conclude that it would be impossible to comply with this stipulation of

Patañjali for the non-operation of the mento-emotional force in the psyche.

The solution they say is to engage the mind in spiritual topics, never giving it the chance to

dwell on ordinary subjects, which are apart from the transcendence.

AND: you can not control the thoughts, but the senses!

Dont listen to negative talking!! don’t let negative feelings be awakened!! take care of your external world, let things not enter in your consciousness, which will create more restless thoughts!!

Inspired in satsang, scriptures, meditation. Put your vrittis in the direction, don’t control or stop the thoughts but give them the direction in beautiful way..


Yogic processes are designed to annihilate, annul, still, purify, or dissolve (nirodha) the fractual and limited wavelike patterning and conditioning (vrtti) of the perceiver’s mind field (citta) so that the unconditioned clarity can shine forth illuminating the darkness and stilling all anxiety and stress continuously — without interruption, Pure Universal Mind (citta). When the vrtti cease or become dissolved (nirodha) then the clear light of absolute reality shines forth as our true nature (swarupa). That is the process of yoga. Yoga is easily understood as the process of interconnecting, reintegrating, and synchronizing with our natural unconditioned true self.

Then that result is called samadhi (union/absorption, re-integration). Yoga being the process while samadhi is the result, however Vyasa says that yoga is samadhi. It must be emphasized again that the term, nirodha, is passive. Thus yoga is not the restraint, suppression, nor control of the mind (as is too often mistranslated), but rather it is the cessation, elimination, dissolution, or remediation of the virtti (which restrains, colors, conditions, and limits the citta). When the virtti cease, the mind field is silent and self liberated, allowing space for a greater intrinsic intelligence to appear — the innate dormant wisdom that is not misidentified to dawn. This is the realm of sat-chit-ananda (pure being-ness, pure consciousness, and absolute bliss). This experience is gradually and increasingly experienced through effective yoga practiced as one result .

When a yogin gets experience in meditation and beyond the dimension of this world, he can afford to heed Patañjali, and strive for the non-operation of the mental-emotional force in this dimension of consciousness. Somehow by his own endeavor and by divine grace, a yogin’s mento-emotional force becomes stilled. It stalls for a time and turns into a divine vision which perceives the chit akasha.

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