Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 15

दृष्टानुश्रविकविषयवितृष्णस्य वशीकारसंज्णावैराग्यम् ॥१५॥

dṛṣṭa-anu-śravika-viṣaya-vitṛṣṇasya vaśīkāra-saṃjñā-vairãgyam ||15||

Absence of thirst towards objects,
either as seen or following heard spiritual teachings,
is the acknowledgement of the mastery of dispassion.

dṛṣṭa - seen, looked at, beheld, perceived, viewed, observed, noticed; visible, apparent, observable; considered, regarded; treated of; appearing, manifested; occurring, found; experienced, suffered, endured; seen in the mind, devised, imagined, learned,anu - follow, one after another, followingśravika - heard spiritual teachingsviṣaya - an object of sense; anything perceptible by the senses; any object of affection or concern or attentionvitṛṣṇasya - absence of thirstvaśīkāra - masterysaṃjñā - to acknowledge, recognize, own; to acknowledge or claim as one's own, take possession ofvairāgya - dispassion, disinclination, detachment, non-attachment; indifference to worldly objects and to life

Commentaries and Reflections

Commentary by T Krishnamacharya:

“Detachment can imply an attachment elsewhere.”

Commentary by TKV Desikachar:

Commentary by Paul Harvey:

“We never ‘give up…’,
we can only ‘stop…’,
because something
else pulls us more.”

“In Sūtra 1.15 Patañjali introduces Vairāgya
as dispassion arising from an absence of thirst.
Towards what and how would you interpret its
relevance towards your outer and inner life?”

Inspirational Quote

“Good as drink is, it ends in thirst.” Irish Proverb