Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 2
तत्र प्रत्ययैकतानता ध्यानम् ॥२॥
tatra pratyaya-ekatānatā dhyānam ||2||
There, the continuity of psychic activity is meditation.tatra - therepratyaya - psychic activity; cause; conception, assumption, notion, idea;ekatānatā - continuitydhyāna - meditation; mental representation of the personal attributes of a deity; profound and abstract religious meditation
Commentaries and Reflections
Commentary by T Krishnamacharya:
“The state of Dhyānam is possible in a seated posture.
If a person lies down, it may induce sleep.
If a person walks and moves about,
he may be distracted by the objects around him.
This posture must be in a place
where the mind will not be distracted.”
Commentary by TKV Desikachar:
“Prāṇāyāma leads to this.
Pratyāhāra, to see without the senses distracting or pulling the mind, and
Dhāraṇā, to see without the mind losing itself, because of colouring or expectations.
Dhyānam arises out of this.”
“Perhaps the best explanation of Dhyāna is given by Patañjali in the Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verses One and Two, where he states that one must first fix the question (Dhāraṇā) and then link to it (Dhyāna).
One who is not able to fix the question is not able to succeed in Dhyāna.”
“Meditation can’t be taught,
but can be learnt.”
Commentary by Paul Harvey:
“Dhāraṇā is the process of ‘holding onto’ the object.
Dhyānā is the process of ‘linking with’ the object.
Samādhi is the process of ‘integration into’ the object.”
Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter 3 verses 1-3