Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 14

स तु दीर्घकालनैरन्तर्यसत्कारादरासेवितो दृढभूमिः ॥१४॥

saḥ tu dīrgha-kāla-nairantarya-satkāra-ādarā-āsevitaḥ dṛḍha-bhūmiḥ ||14||

Moreover, this stage firm
when attended to without interruption,
with reverence and enthusiasm over a long time.

tu - moreover; butdīrgha - length, long, for a long time; a long vowelkāla - time, a period of time; season, the proper time or season fornairantarya - without interruption, uninterruptedly, continuallysatkāra - kind treatment, honour, favour, reverence; care, attention, consideration of or regard for a thingādara - enthusiasm; to exert or interest one's self forāsevita - constant attending to, visiting, following, serving; practised assiduouslydṛḍha - firm; solidbhūmi - step, degree, stage; ground; floor of a house; foundation; a place, situation

Commentaries and Reflections

Commentary by T Krishnamacharya:

Abhyāsa, when performed with reverence,
without interruption, over a long period of time, will result
in a healthy body, acute senses and extraordinary alertness.
This kind of Abhyāsa is a solid foundation that nothing can disturb.”

Commentary by TKV Desikachar:

“You should not get tired of
the means or the practice.”

To feel better about things than in the past.”

“Looking beyond the superficial to the source,
this is Abhyāsa.”

Commentary by Paul Harvey:

Yukta Abhyāsa or skilful practice.
How to cultivate as intimate a
relationship with our Practice,
as with our Problems.”

“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.”

“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.”

“In Sūtra 1.14 Patañjali outlines qualities he feels are
important in cultivating the intention within Abhyāsa.
What are these qualities and how can we
realise them within our efforts to remain there?”

Inspirational Quote

“You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there....” Yogi Berra