Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 10

ते प्रतिप्रसवहेयाः सूक्ष्माः ॥१०॥

te prati-prasava-heyāḥ sūkṣmāḥ ||10||

These are subtle and are overcome by going back to their origin.

te - these, of thee, they, thoseprati - with regard to; towards, in the direction of; back, in return, again; in opposition to, against, counteprasava - begetting, procreation, generation, conception, parturition, delivery, birth, originheya - overcome; to be left or quitted or abandoned; rejected or avoided; to be left or quitted or abandonedsūkṣma - minute, small, fine, thin; acute, subtle, keen; an atom, intangible matter; the subtle all-pervading spirit, Supreme Soul

Commentaries and Reflections

Commentary by T Krishnamacharya:

Kleśa are not always dominant.
Through Kriyā Yoga they become weaker and weaker.
How is it possible to completely subdue them?
No mental effort can help as Mind is the storehouse of the Kleśa.”

Commentary by TKV Desikachar:

Meditation is the process of moving backwards.”

Commentary by Paul Harvey:

“Building banks to channel
the flow of the river of
Kleśa is Kriyā Yoga.
Building a dam to block
the flow of Kleśa as
we journey upstream
going back to the source
of the flow is Aṣṭāṅga Yoga.”

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