Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 31

दुःखदौर्मनस्याङ्गमेजयत्वश्वासप्रश्वासाः विक्षेपसहभुवः ॥३१॥

duḥkha-daurmanasya-aṅgam-ejayatva-śvāsa-praśvāsāḥ vikṣepa-sahabhuvaḥ ||31||

Suffering, negative thinking,
unsteadiness in body and inhalation and exhalation,
accompany the distractions.

duḥkha - suffering, pain, sorrowful, uneasiness, trouble, difficultydaurmanasya - negative thinking; dejectedness; melancholy, despairaṅga - a limb; the bodyejayatva - causing to shake or tremble; quality of unsteadinessśvāsa - breathing or aspiration; hissing, snorting, panting; affection of the breath, hard breathing, asthmapraśvāsā - breathing in, inhaling; breath, respiration;vikṣepa - distraction, inattention, confusion, perplexity; scattering, dispersion; moving about, to and frosahabhuva - accompanying

Commentaries and Reflections

Commentary by T Krishnamacharya:

“Duḥkha is the mental activity
that brings impurities into the heart,
thus disturbing it.”

“When impurities disturb the heart,
one feels restricted and unable to move.”

Impurities in the heart cause mental agitation
– anxiety, lack of direction, anger.
This agitation, in turn, affects the body,
sometimes making it impossible to sit still even for a few minutes.”

Commentary by TKV Desikachar:

Duḥkha is the expression of a problem.
Duḥkha is an emotion,
it could be an illusion.”

Commentary by Paul Harvey:

“There are indications that
accompany the distractions.
Such as a sense of uneasiness,
or a melancholic moodiness.
Or, as an agitation in the body
and in the breath, expressed as
unsteadiness in the limbs and
in the exhalation and inhalation.”

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