Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 3

तदा द्रष्टुः स्वरूपेऽवस्थानम् ॥३॥

tadā draṣṭuḥ svarūpe-avasthānam ||3||

Then the seer abides in its own character.

tadā - then, from that time forward, at any time whendraṣṭṛ - seer; one who sees, one who sees wellsvarūpa - own character; own form or shape; own condition, peculiarity, character, natureavasthāna - abiding, residing, dwelling; standing, taking up one's place; situation, condition

Commentaries and Reflections

Commentary by T Krishnamacharya:

‎”Right Yoga is a vine of pleasant fragrance.
Wrong Yoga is a sharp pointed arrow – avoid it.”

“During such a moment, without distractions,
the power of the source of perception,
full of clarity and completeness, shines forth.”

“In the second and third Sūtra the means to realise Samādhi
and the true nature of Jīva were explained.
The term used in those Sūtra is Draṣṭṛ
– that which perceives and aids in perception.”
– T Krishnamacharya on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 23

Commentary by TKV Desikachar:

“The Yoga Sūtra says so much about the mind,
but little about the self.
What can be shared can be expressed,
what cannot be shared cannot be expressed.”

“In the Yoga state we experience what is beyond the mind.”

“When the mind is very clear,
you get the message from deep inside.”

Commentary by Paul Harvey:

From this state,
a clarity of being,
as seeing is from the
source of perception.”

“Yoga is about refining the skill
to rest in the awareness of the Cit,
rather than nest in the nature of the Citta.”

“To experience the spaciousness of Cit,
Yoga says practice enclosing the Citta.”

“The less we act from within the field of the present moment,
the more we re-act from within the field of past memories.”

“It is difficult to realise the wonders of Cit
within the wanderings of the Citta.”

“Yoga is the experience of stillness,
within the fluctuations of mind,
rather than the experience of stillness,
of the fluctuations of mind.”

“In Sūtra 1.3 how would you portray the word Avasthāna
to a person with little understanding of Yoga?”

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“We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us,  and the more we gain, the more is our desire; the more we see, the more we are capable of seeing.” Maria Mitchell