Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 22

मृदुमध्याधिमात्रत्वात्ततोऽपि विशेषः ॥२२॥

mṛdu-madhya-adhimātratvāt-tataḥ api viśeṣaḥ ||22||

Also from that distinctions of
mildness, moderateness and extremeness.

mṛdu - softness, mildness, gentlenessmadhya - moderateness; middle, central, being in the middle or centre; Intervening, intermediate; standing between two, impartial, neutraladhimātra - excessive; above measure; extremetatas - hence, from thatapi - even, also, although; very; something more; moreoverviśeṣa - distinction, difference between; a kind, species, individual; characteristic difference, peculiar mark, special property, speciality, peculiarity

Commentaries and Reflections

Commentary by T Krishnamacharya:

“Three types of Śiṣya:
1. The student doesn’t get started e.g. doesn’t get beyond Saṃkalpa
2. The student starts, but when there is an obstacle, stops.
3. The student starts, but when there is an obstacle, takes it as a challenge”

Yogavalli divides this first chapter into two sections:
the first is made up of 1.1 to 1.22;
and the second begins with 1.23
īśvara-praṇidhānāt-vā
and goes to the end of the chapter.
It is the latter section that describes
what can be achieved in the present age.”

Commentary by TKV Desikachar:

“It is not the number of hours in Meditation,
the type of Ratio in Prāṇāyāma,
the number of times you turn the Mālā,
it is the intensity of the attempt.
An intense effort by a feeble person is better
than a feeble effort by an intense person.
Thus, intensity is not on a practical scale,
but on an individual level.
Especially when considering the problems
that daily life superimpose on one,
and our efforts therein.”

Commentary by Paul Harvey:

Although from that,
distinctions in ardour,
according to inclination.”

“Also, better not to
confuse the ardour
for experience
with the ardour
for experiences.”

“In Sūtra 1.22 Patañjali introduces the idea of distinctions
in the intensity of Saṃvega as a factor in the cultivation
of access to the experiential presence of Śraddhā.
How do you personally relate with these distinctions?”

Inspirational Quote

“’I may be stupid,’ interrupted the colonel, ‘but the distinction escapes me. I guess I'm pretty stupid, because the distinction escapes me.’” Joseph Heller