Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 35

विषयवती वा प्रवृत्तिरुत्पन्ना मनसः स्थितिनिबन्धिनी ॥३५॥

viṣayavatī vā pravṛttiḥ utpannā manasaḥ sthiti-nibandhinī ||35||

Or, on finer cognition as an object binding the mind, stay arises.

viṣayavant - as an object - orpravṛtti - activity, exertion, efficacy, function; finer cognition, special cognition, sensuous cognition; moving onwards, advance, progressutpannā - arisesmanas - mind; that which objects of sense affect; the faculty or instrument through which thoughts entersthiti - staying or remaining or being in any state or condition; continuance in being, maintenance of life, continued existencenibandhanīn - binding

Commentaries and Reflections

Commentary by T Krishnamacharya:

“According to my teacher,
trying to calm the agitations of the mind by reflecting on external objects
is like trying to get milk from the wattles hanging from the neck of a goat.
All seekers of truth are therefore advised to focus,
instead, only on objects that are in the realm of the divine.”

Commentary by TKV Desikachar:

“Sometimes we should examine how we relate to objects through the senses.”

Commentary by Paul Harvey:

“Or it can be on the finer levels of the senses,
as an object to bind the mind,
from which stability arises.”

Inspirational Quote

“Each contact with a human being is so rare, so precious, one should preserve it....” Anais Nin