Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 29

ततः प्रत्यक्चेतनाधिगमोऽप्यन्तरायाभवश्च ॥२९॥

tataḥ pratyak-cetanā-adhigamaḥ-api-antarāya-abhāvaḥ ca ||29||

From that turning inwards consciousness is realised
and also the non-appearance of the interventions.

tatas - hence, from thatpratyak - turned back or inward, inner, interior; turning the back, averted, moving in an opposite directioncetanā - consciousness, understanding, sense, intelligence; percipient, conscious, sentient, intelligentadhigama - the act of attaining, acquisition; acquirement, mastery, study, knowledge; realised; attainedapi - even, also, although; very; something more; moreoverantarāya - intervention, obstacleabhāva - non-appearance, non-existence, absence, nullityca - and

Commentaries and Reflections

Commentary by T Krishnamacharya:

“It is through Praṇavo Japam
that the true nature of the Jīva is realised.”

Commentary by TKV Desikachar:

“The more you try to know Īśvara,
the more you come to know your self.”

“Further, it is possible to relate to Īśvara
through certain symbols or Japa and
eventually reach a state where you know your
true nature and don’t have problems in your life.”

“Simultaneously, two things happen.
There is inside us something other than a dead body.
This is the principle of consciousness.
When Īśvara Praṇidhānā is developed more and more
‘That’ which is inside you appears.
You know your self because obstacles are absent.
Through the absence of obstacles, the passage is clear
and ‘That’ which is there appears.

“If you don’t know your self, how
can you think of something, which
is more than you, or higher than you?
Anything other than this is Vikalpa.”

Abhāva can mean what appears so big becomes very small,
the obstacle is not necessarily destroyed but becomes ineffective.
Thus, the obstacle blocking perception becomes ineffective.
For example, at night when the light goes out you are blind
for a few minutes. Then your sight clears and your
perception improves almost as if obstacles are removed.”

“What are the impediments which disturb the mind?
What are these called and how many are there?
The obstacles in question are nine in number
and are discussed in the next Sūtra.”

Commentary by Paul Harvey:

From that journey inwards
towards experiencing the
transparency of awareness,
something more, an absence
of obstacles as distractions.”

“Explain and develop the context of Antarāya in Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 29 and verse 30.”
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