Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 23

ईश्वरप्रणिधानाद्वा ॥२३॥

īśvara-praṇidhānāt-vā ||23||

Or, from dedication to the lord.

īśvara - the lord; god; the supreme being; the supreme soul; personal god; special self; master, lord, prince, king, mistress, queen; ruler of choicespraṇidhāna - dedication; respectful conduct; attention; to place down; in front of - or

Commentaries and Reflections

Commentary by T Krishnamacharya:

“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’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 23

Commentary by TKV Desikachar:

“The more you try to know Īśvara the more you come to know yourself.”

Commentary by Paul Harvey:

“Or from a respectful attitude within
the immutability of awareness.”

“The Yoga Sūtra is also very helpful in guiding us around
the notion of surrendering to that which we don’t know,
through that which we do know.”

“In Yoga Sutra Chapter One, the role for
Īśvara Praṇidhānā in the  Samādhi Yoga section can
be as an appropriate Upāya for a Śikṣaṇa situation,
Here, its purpose is in turning inwards. as in
realising what is consciousness, through a Japam
Mantra practice within an Antar Aṅga Sādhana.”

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