Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 25

विशेषदर्शिनः आत्मभावभावनानिवृत्तिः ॥२५॥

viśeṣa-darśinaḥ ātma-bhāva-bhāvanā-nivṛttiḥ ||25||

One who has seen the distinction,
cessation of directing one’s thoughts to becoming the essence.

viśeṣa - distinction, difference between; a kind, species, individual; characteristic difference, peculiar mark, special property, speciality, peculiaritydarśin - one who has seen; seeing, looking at, observing, examining, finding; knowing, understandingātman - essence; the highest personal principle of life; the individual soul, selfbhāva - becoming, being, existing, occurring, appearance; manner of being, nature, temperament, character; any state of mind or body, way of thinking or feeling, sentiment, opinion, disposition, intentionbhāvanā - reflection, contemplation; direct one's thoughts to; feeling of devotion, faith innivṛtti - cessation; non-movement

Commentaries and Reflections

Commentary by T Krishnamacharya:

Commentary by TKV Desikachar:

Commentary by S Ramaswami:

“This is a logical extension of the previous Sūtra.
By knowing the Puruṣa to be different from Citta. When this distinction is seen by the mind, all the activities done with the feeling of I, or Asmitā, come to an end. All activities arising out of the Cittavṛitti of Asmitā cease.”

Commentary by Paul Harvey:

“What is it we are prepared to give up,
in terms of that we know we know?
In order to be open to experiencing,
that which we don’t know we know.”

“Initially, our relationship with Yoga is more
concerned with what we get out of our practice.
From this point, it can evolve into us being more
concerned with what we put into our practice.
Ultimately, it is neither what we get out nor what we
put in, as there is a cessation of intentions in practice.”

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