Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 33

वितर्कबाधने प्रतिपक्षभावनम् ॥३३॥

vitarka-bādhane pratipakṣa-bhāvanam ||33||

When oppressed by negative deliberation,
cultivate the opposite side.

vitarka - gross deliberation; negative deliberation; negative reasoningbādhana - oppressing, harassingpratipakṣa - the opposite side, hostile party, opposition; an adversary, opponent, foe; a respondent, defendantbhāvana - cultivation; imagining, fancying; forming in the mind; to occupy one's imagination with, conception

Commentaries and Reflections

Commentary by TKV Desikachar:

Pratipakṣa Bhāvana
Creating space by doing something opposite.”

Commentary by Paul Harvey:

“When harassed by negative reasoning,
cultivate the opposite viewpoint.”

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