Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 21
तदर्थ एव दृश्यस्यात्मा ॥२१॥
tat-artha eva-dṛśyasya-ātmā ||21||
That purpose of the seen is indeed for our essence.tat - that, thisartha - purpose, aim; sense, meaning, notion; thing, objecteva - indeed, truly, really; thus; so, just so, exactly sodṛśya - the seen; to be seen, visibleātman - essence; the highest personal principle of life; the individual soul, self
Commentaries and Reflections
Commentary by T Krishnamacharya:
“Different Yoga practices are meant to prepare a person towards Dhyānam.”
Commentary by Paul Harvey:
“Serve Yoga and Yoga will serve you.”
“Are our impulses to act self serving,
as in arising from a place of Karma?
Or, are our impulses to act serving the self,
as in arising from a place of Dharma?
Furthermore, how to discern the difference
betwixt my and thy, given the facility of
Karma to proclaim itself as being Dharma?”