Paul’s Yoga Sūtra Study Pointers – Collected & Collated into Chapters

Patanjali Yoga Sutra

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Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali Chapter One Collated Pointers
Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali Chapter Two Collated Pointers
Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali Chapter Three Collated Pointers
Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali Chapter Four Collated Pointers

1. Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali Chapter One – Samādhi Pādaḥ

Chapter One is about the Refinement of the practice of Dhyāna.”
– Paul Harvey introduction to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One

“Yoga is the experience of stillness,
within the fluctuations of mind,
rather than the experience of stillness,
of the fluctuations of mind.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verses 2-3

“The less we act from within the field of the present moment,
the more we re-act from within the field of past memories.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verses 3-4

“Yoga is about refining the skill
to rest in the awareness of the Cit,
rather than nest in the nature of the Citta.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verses 3-4

“The mind modifies perception.
Though you might even say that,
the mind muddifies perception.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 4

“Every step towards observing the play of the mind,
is a step towards observing the ploy of the mind.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 4

Rāja Yoga is the relationship we have with our thoughts,
notably those that afflict, as in knock down or weaken, us.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 5

Viparyaya is seeing what we want to see,
or not seeing what we need to see.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 8

Viparyaya is merely an opinion,
convincing in its rightness to exist.
A flight of fancy, posing, as if a truth.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 8

“Yoga is about cultivating a profound discernment
of the difference between
the Nature of our Being and
the Being of our Nature.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verses 12-16

“Within the effort of trying to remain there not clinging to what arises
within the effort of trying to remain there not clinging to what arises
within the effort of trying to remain there not clinging to what arises
within the effort of trying to remain there not……..”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 12

Meditation is about the quality of the effort,
rather than the fruit of the time.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 13

“In Jñāna Dhyānam the most difficult exercise for the mind
is the one of not exercising the mind.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 13

Yukta Abhyāsa or skilful practice.
How to cultivate as intimate a
relationship with our Practice,
as with our Problems.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 14

“One of the aims in Yoga is to yoke to
the more discerning aspects of the psyche,
rather than to the more distracting aspects of the psyche.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 14

“Having a meditation practice is one thing,
practicing meditation is something else.
Better not to confuse the two in terms of
the gap between intention and outcome.
Meditation is that which might or might not
arise out of our efforts at meditation practice.
The outcome depends on the extent of the intention.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 14

“Yoga is about recognising change and
recognising that which recognises change.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 16

“When you are linked through Śraddhā
you receive something from the source of that link.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 20

“The Yoga Sūtra is also very helpful in guiding us around
the notion of surrendering to that which we don’t know,
through that which we do know.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 23

“The Yoga Sūtra become as if metaphysical Mantra,
when they can be an internal intonation,
as well as an external edification.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 28

Bhakti Dhyānam uses Japa to build a bridge
over the fear bringing streams of the mind.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 28

“The use of Āsana and Prāṇāyāma is
an investigation of all the 9 obstacles
in Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 30.
Those things that come between how
we are and how we would like to be.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 30

“It is difficult to realise the wonders of Cit
within the wanderings of the Citta.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verses 30-31

Maitrī
Cultivating a feeling of friendliness
towards our own attempts,
let alone other’s demands,
to distract ourselves.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 33

Karuṇā
Cultivating a feeling of compassion
towards our bodies and minds,
whatever state we find them in.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 33

Muditā
Cultivating a feeling of looking,
from a joyful space in ourselves,
at what we can do well and now,
rather than what we can’t do well or now.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 33

Upekṣā
Cultivating a feeling of holding a distance from
the self-deprecation that can so often accompany
our attempts to improve the quality of our inner life
and old responses to inner tensions and memories.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 33

“If you remove the past from the present what is left?”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 43

– Updated 13th September 2020

2. Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali Chapter Two – Sādhana Pādaḥ

Chapter Two is about the Preparation for the practice of Dhyānam.”
– Paul Harvey introduction to Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two

Activities that nurture a state of Yoga involve
self-Discipline, selfInquiry and SelfAwareness.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 1

Tapas – the effort to reduce something.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 1

Svādhyāya – to look at that which helps me understand.”
– Reflection on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 1

Sva – To look at that
Adhyāya – Which helps me understand
– What is outside myself.
– What is inside myself.
– What is beyond myself.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 1

Patañjali reminds us of the pitfalls of the illusion
of recognising psyche as awareness.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

Avidyā is the illusion of recognising:
the ephemeral as the eternal,
the profane as the profound,
pain as pleasure and
the silhouette as the source.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

“Until we see through the illusion of life,
we will be unable to see,
through the illusion of life.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

“The Yoga Sūtra says you can’t change your life,
however you can change your perception of it.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

A necessary step in Yoga is to experience
a state of complete and utter disillusionment.
Arising from that is a state of Citta prepared
to give up its conviction of being the Cit.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

“The search for understanding is driven by misunderstanding,
though not always in the right direction.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

“One of the artful illusions presented by the Citta,
is its ability to as if dress in disguise,
so as to appear as if the Cit.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

“What keeps you away from your self?”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

Avidyā is the illusion of experiencing
what feels real, as if it is actually true.
However, that we experience a feeling as real,
does not in fact actually mean that it is true.
So how to discern as to whether a feeling
that we experience as real, is really true?”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

“‘Who’ is it that misidentifies?”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

Dveṣa is the consequence
of Duḥkha from such as,
getting what you are not expecting or,
getting other than what you are expecting.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 8

“Yoga is about looking inwards,
at what we fear most.
Rather than looking outwards,
at what we desire most.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 9

Fear and Insecurity feed on the leftovers
from the meals of past experiences.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 9

“There are some who are ruled by how they perceive the world as treating them.
There are others who reflect on how they are treating the world.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 15

“We experience the world via the conjunction
of the ‘eye’ of the Cit with the ‘I’ of the Citta.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 17

“Through Avidyā we see two as if one.
Through Vidyā we know two is as if one.
Hence before there can be a state of Yoga,
there needs to be a process of Viyoga.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 17

“Yoga is not about not enjoying the world because we see it as it really is.
Rather it is seeing the world as it really is and still enjoying it.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 18

“What we observe is changing,
What we observe with is changing,
Where we observe from is unchanging.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 20

“Yoga is about
remaining true to the Self
within the wiles of Myself.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 21

“Serve Yoga and Yoga will serve you.
That purpose of the seen is indeed for our essence.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 21

Ātma is the source of the sunlight in the Psyche.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 21

“Better to be clear about being confused,
rather than being confused about being clear.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 24

“Some define their experience of life by seeking Duḥkha,
some by seeking Sukha.
The Yoga Practitioner sees both as Avidyā
and defines their experience of life by seeking
what lies beyond duality through unwavering Viveka.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 26

Asteya – non-stealing.
It’s not taking away that
which belongs to somebody else.
Whether Dravya, DharmaKarma, Vidyā.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 37

“This verse is commenting on the attainment of an Āsana as
an appurtenance, or foundation for more subtle practices.
Better not to confuse the vehicle with the direction.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 46

“The experience known as Sthira Sukham Āsanam,
described in Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 46,
arises as a fruit of Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 47,
from melding the mastery of outer stillness in the world,
described as Prayatna Śaithilya, or relaxation of continued effort,
with the mystery of inner openness to the beyond,
described as Ananta Samāpatti, or unity in the infinite.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 47

“Some Prāṇāyāma Techniques prioritise Length.
Other Prāṇāyāma Techniques prioritise Subtlety.
While yet other Prāṇāyāma Techniques prioritise Both.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 50

Prāṇāyāma is a key to the door of Dhāraṇā.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 53

Pratyāhāra is not feeding the tendency of the Citta to
automatically form a positive, negative, or neutral identification
with whatever stimuli the senses present to it.
From that we can begin to understand how
their external gathering activities stimulate our conscious
and especially, unconscious choices.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 54

“The Dasa Indriya or ten senses of experience and action,
whilst seen as belonging to the Bāhya Aṅga or five external limbs
in the eight limb Aṣṭa Aṅga Yoga of Patañjali,
are also the gateway to the Antar Aṅga or three internal limbs.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 54

– Updated 11th September 2020

3. Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali Chapter Three – Vibhūti Pādaḥ

Chapter Three is about the Outcome of the practice of Dhyāna.”
– Paul Harvey introduction to Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three

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

“To hold the Citta for connective moments is Dhāraṇā.
To be held by the Citta for connective moments is Dhyānam
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verses 1-2

“From Meditation
arises Integration.
The Splendour of Knowing
Connective Moments of
Containment within the Psyche.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter 3 verse 3

“The paradox of being in a state of distraction
is that we are actually in a state of focus.
Its just that we are focused on being turned outwards,
as in the tendency of being scattered,
as in Vyutthāna Saṃskāra,
rather than being focused on being turned inwards,
as in the tendency of being contained,
as in Nirodha Saṃskāra.
Both Saṃskāra are acquired tendencies
and thus we can cultivate a choice within our oscillations.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 9

“From meditating on the Heart,
we come to know the habits of the Mind.
From coming to know the habits of the Mind,
we come to know the Intrinsic Nature of the Mind.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 34

“The Yoga Sūtra is about reflecting on that which reflects,
in order to reflect from that which is the source of attention,
rather than from that which is the scene of inattention.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 49

– Updated 19th September 2020

4. Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali Chapter Four – Kaivalya Pādaḥ

Chapter Four is about the Goal of the practice of Dhyāna.”
– Paul Harvey introduction to Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four

Vāsanā is an unconscious motivation directed towards
satisfying a physiological or psychological need.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 8

“We look at the world through the eyes of
our needs and expectations.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 17

“The witness cannot be witnessed.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 18

“‘Who’ is it that identifies
that we misidentify?”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 18

“Feelings from the past remain eternally potent ravagers,
especially pervasive within the illusion of our present and
with it a tendency to recreate an old shape from our past,
whilst we are believing it to be a new shape for our future.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 27

Awareness is a quality not a quantity.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 34

– Updated 20th August 2020