upādānaDevanāgarī: उपादान Translation: cause, motive, material cause; material of any kind; the act of taking for one's self, appropriating to one's self; grasping at or clinging to existence Related concepts:kāraṇa, nimitta, sahakāra
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“Metaphorically speaking, we are all made of the same clay.
Therefore, we all have a similar potential for change.
However, to make something different out of this clay,
a wheel is needed, but this is no use without a potter.
Here, the skill of the potter is crucial.
Patañjali uses the word Nimitta
as a cause for change in the clay.
Hence, the potter is Nimitta.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 3