108 Sūtra Study Pointers Series collated into Chapters onto one page……

Patanjali Yoga Sutra

Chapter One is about the Process of the practice of Dhyānam;
Chapter Two is about the Preparation for the practice of Dhyānam;
Chapter Three is about the Outcome of the practice of Dhyānam;
Chapter Four is about the Goal of the practice of Dhyānam.

1. Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali Chapter One

To experience the spaciousness of Cit,
Yoga says practice enclosing the Citta.
– Reflection on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 2-3

It is difficult to realise the wonders of Cit
within the wanderings of the Citta.
– Reflection around Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verses 2-3

Yoga is the experience of stillness,
within the fluctuations of mind,
rather than the experience of stillness,
of the fluctuations of mind.
– Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verses 2-3

The less we act from within the field of the present moment,
the more we re-act from within the field of past memories.
– Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verses 3-4

Yoga is about refining the skill
to rest in the awareness of the Cit,
rather than nest in the nature of the Citta.
– Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verses 3-4

The mind modifies perception.
Though you might even say that,
the mind muddifies perception.
– Reflection around Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 4

Every step towards observing the play of the mind,
is a step towards observing the ploy of the mind.
– Reflection around Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 4

Viparyaya is seeing what we want to see.
or not seeing what we need to see.
– Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 8

Yoga is about cultivating a profound discernment
of the difference between
the Nature of our Being and
the Being of our Nature.
– Reflection around Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verses 12-16

Within the effort of trying to remain there not clinging to what arises
within the effort of trying to remain there not clinging to what arises
within the effort of trying to remain there not clinging to what arises
within the effort of trying to remain there not……..
– Reflection around Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 12

Meditation is about the quality of the effort,
rather than the fruit of the time.
– Observation on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 13

In Jñāna Dhyānam the most difficult exercise for the mind
is the one of not exercising the mind.
– Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 13

Yukta Abhyāsa or skilful practice.
How to cultivate as intimate a
relationship with our Practice,
as with our Problems.
– Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 14

One of the aims in Yoga is to yoke to
the more discerning aspects of the psyche,
rather than to the more distracting aspects of the psyche.
– Commentary around Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 14

Having a meditation practice is one thing,
practicing meditation is something else.
Better not to confuse the two in terms of
the gap between intention and outcome.
Meditation is that which might or might not
arise out of our efforts at meditation practice.
The outcome depends on the extent of the intention.
– Reflections around Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 14

Yoga is about recognising change and
recognising that which recognises change.
– Commentary around Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 16

When you are linked through Śraddhā
you receive something from the source of that link.
– Reflections around Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 20

The Yoga Sūtra is also very helpful in guiding us around
the notion of surrendering to that which we don’t know,
through that which we do know.
– Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 23

The Yoga Sūtra become as if metaphysical Mantra,
when they can be an internal intonation,
as well as an external edification.
– Reflection on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 28

If you remove the past from the present what is left?
– Reflection on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 43

2. Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali Chapter Two

Activities that nurture a state of Yoga involve
self-discipline, Self-inquiry and Self-awareness.
– Reflections around Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 1

Tapas – the effort to reduce something.
– Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 1

Svādhyāya – to look at that which helps me understand.
– Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 1

Svā – To look at that
Adhyāya – Which helps me understand
– What is outside myself.
– What is inside myself.
– What is beyond myself.
– Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 1

Patañjali reminds us of the pitfalls of the illusion
of recognising psyche as awareness.
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

Avidyā is the illusion of recognising:
the ephemeral as the eternal,
the profane as the profound,
pain as pleasure and
the silhouette as the source.
– Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

The Yoga Sūtra says you can’t change your life,
however you can change your perception of it.
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

A necessary step in Yoga is to experience
a state of complete and utter disillusionment.
Arising from that is a state of Citta prepared
to give up its conviction of being the Cit.
– Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

The search for understanding is driven by misunderstanding,
though not always in the right direction.
– Reflections around Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

One of the artful illusions presented by the Citta,
is its ability to as if dress in disguise,
so as to appear as if the Cit.
– Reflections around Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

What keeps you away from your self?
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

Yoga is about looking inwards,
at what we fear most.
Rather than looking outwards,
at what we desire most.
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 9

Fear and Insecurity feed on the leftovers
from the meals of past experiences.
– Commentary around Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 9

There are some who are ruled by how they perceive the world as treating them.
There are others who reflect on how they are treating the world.
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 15

We experience the world via the conjunction
of the ‘eye’ of the Cit with the ‘I’ of the Citta.
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 17

Yoga is not about not enjoying the world because we see it as it really is.
Rather it is seeing the world as it really is and still enjoying it.
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 18

Yoga is about
remaining true to the Self
within the wiles of Myself.
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 21

Serve Yoga and Yoga will serve you.
– Reflection on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 21

Ātma is the source of the sunlight in the Psyche.
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 21

Better to be clear about being confused,
rather than being confused about being clear.
– Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 24

Some define their experience of life by seeking Duḥkha,
some by seeking Sukha.
The Yoga Practitioner sees both as Avidyā
and defines their experience of life by seeking
what lies beyond duality through unwavering Viveka.
– Reflections around Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 26

The experience known as Sthira Sukham Āsanam,
described in Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 46,
arises from melding the mastery of outer stillness in the world,
described as Prayatna Śaithilya, or relaxation of continued effort,
with the mystery of inner openness to the beyond,
described as Ananta Samāpatti, or unity in the infinite.
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 47

Prāṇāyāma is a key to the door of Dhāraṇā.
– Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 53

The Dasa Indriya or ten senses of experience and action,
whilst seen as belonging to the Bāhya Aṅga or five external limbs
in the eight limb Aṣṭa Aṅga Yoga of Patañjali,
are also the gateway to the Antar Aṅga or three internal limbs.
– Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 54

3. Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali Chapter Three

The paradox of being in a state of distraction
is that we are actually in a state of focus.
Its just that we are focused on being turned outwards,
as in the tendency of being scattered,
as in Vyutthāna Saṃskāra,
rather than being focused on being turned inwards,
as in the tendency of being contained,
as in Nirodha Saṃskāra.
Both Saṃskāra are acquired tendencies
and thus we can cultivate a choice within our oscillations.
– Commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 9

From meditating on the Heart,
we come to know the habits of the Mind.
From coming to know the habits of the Mind,
we come to know the Intrinsic Nature of the Mind.
– Commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 34

The Yoga Sūtra is about reflecting on that which reflects,
in order to reflect from that which is the source of attention,
rather than from that which is the scene of inattention.
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 49

4. Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali Chapter Four

Vāsanā is an unconscious motivation directed towards
satisfying a physiological or psychological need.
– Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 8

We look at the world through the eyes of
our needs and expectations.
– Commentary around Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 17

The witness cannot be witnessed.
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 18

Feelings from the past remain eternally potent ravagers,
especially pervasive within the illusion of our present and
with it a tendency to recreate an old shape from our past,
whilst we are believing it to be a new shape for our future.
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 27

Awareness is a quality not a quantity.
– Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 34

Updated July 5th 2019