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.”

Yoga is the pursuit of the unpursuable.”

Commentary by Paul Harvey:

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

“Yoga is about seeking a relationship
with that which experiences,
rather than seeking experiences.”

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

Yoga is about being more with
the experience of seeing rather
than the experience of the seen.
Bhogā is about being more with
the experience of the seen rather
than the experience of seeing.”

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

Inspirational Quote

“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