Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 23

स्वस्वामिशक्त्योः स्वरूपोप्लब्धिहेतुः संयोगः ॥२३॥

sva-svāmi-śaktyoḥ svarūpa-upalabdhi-hetuḥ saṃyogaḥ ||23||

Conjunction is the cause of
apprehension of the self character
of the powers of the owned and the owner.

sva - own; one's self, one's own, my own, thy own, his own, her own, our own, their ownsvāmin - an owner, proprietor, master, lord or owner ofśakti - power, energy; ability, capability; strength; might, effortsvarūpa - own character; own form or shape; own condition, peculiarity, character, natureupalabdhi - apprehensionhetu - cause, cause of; motive; reason forsaṃyoga - conjunction

Commentaries and Reflections

Commentary by T Krishnamacharya:

“The association with the world full of form and change starts with the mind.
Suffering caused because of this association is an eye opener.
Who is suffering?
Who is recognising it?
What can release this suffering?
All these questions exist because of this association,
even though it may often be painful