Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 24

क्लेशकर्मविपाकाशयैःपरामृष्टः पुरुषविशेष ईश्वरः ॥२४॥

kleśa-karma-vipāka-āśayaiḥ aparāmṛṣṭaḥ puruṣa-viśeṣa īśvaraḥ ||24||

The lord is a distinctive animating principle,
untouched by afflictions, actions, results and deposits.

kleśa - afflictions; distress; anguishkarman - act, action, performance; work, labour, activity; any religious act or rite; organ of sensevipāka - results; effect, result, consequence; ripening, maturing; digestion; conversion of food into a state for assimilationāśaya - seed, deposit; resting place; ‘stock’ or ‘the balance of the fruits of previous works, which lie stored up in the mind in the form of mental deposits of merit or demeritaparāmṛṣṭa - untouchedpuruṣa - animating principle, self, consciousness, spirit; a person, man, a human being; peopleviśeṣa - distinction, difference between; a kind, species, individual; characteristic difference, peculiar mark, special property, speciality, peculiarityīśvara - the lord; god; the supreme being; the supreme soul; personal god; special self; master, lord, prince, king, mistress, queen; ruler of choices

Commentaries and Reflections

Commentary by T Krishnamacharya:

Through devotion and surrender to Īśvara
and by following the eight limbs of Aṣṭāṅga Yoga,
the benefits of Samādhi are realised with as little effort
as it takes to hold a pea in the palm of your hand.

Commentary by Paul Harvey:

This highest self is distinctive in its awareness,
untouched by
fruits and

Inspirational Quote

“Modern man no longer regards Nature as in any sense divine and feels perfectly free to behave toward her as an overweening conqueror and tyrant.” Aldous Huxley