Yoga Mālā – A Thread of Pearls from Patañjali’s Sūtra

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 This page summarizes a verse by verse interpretation of all four chapters of the Yoga Sūtra.

This presentation can be seen as a Yoga Mālā or a thread of pearls from Patañjali’s Sūtra arranged over four Pādaḥ or chapters. Each chapter is summarised into annotated themed sections, each containing the relevant verses and an offering as a translation.

For a fuller word by word Saṃskṛta study of the Yoga Sūtra readers are advised to follow the full online edition of the Yoga Sūtra wherein every word is translated and cross-linked along with a verse translation. This online Yoga Sūtra resource is also gradually accumulating commentaries from Krishnamacharya, Desikachar, Ramaswami from my own study notes along with personal reflections.

I am endeavouring to stay close to my studies, but allow more freedom of expression in terms of choice of language and meaning to facilitate an easier path for the reader.

Yoga Mālā – A Thread of Pearls from Patañjali’s Sūtra

Chapter One – Samādhi Pādaḥ – 51 verses

The Book on the assimilation
of what thinks it perceives,

with the source of perception.

Annotated through Ten Themed Sections

1. Nirodha or Containment – verses 1-4
2. Citta or Psyche – verses 5-11
3. Abhyāsa & Vairāgya or Practice & Dispassion – verses 12-16
4. Saṃprajñāta or Total Knowing – verses 17-19
5. Śraddhā or Faith – verses 20-22
6. Īśvara or the Lord – verses 23-28
7. Vikṣepa or Distraction – verses 29-31
8. Eka Tattva or One Principle – verses 32-39
9. Sabīja or With Seed – verses 40-46
10. Nirbīja or Without Seed – verses 47-51

For a section by section exploration,
each with a verse by verse translation,
or to access a Downloadable PDF version go to:
Yoga Sūtra Mālā – Chapter One Digest

Yoga Mālā – A Thread of Pearls from Patañjali’s Sūtra

Chapter Two – Sādhana Pādaḥ – 55 verses

The Book on the means to help do something
for the practitioner starting with a distracted psyche.

Annotated through Ten Themed Sections

1. Kriyā or Activities – verse 1
2. Kleśa or Afflictions – verses 2-9
3. Dhyānam or Meditation – verses 10-11
4. Karma or Actions – verses 12-14
5. Duḥkha or Suffering – verses 15-16
6. Saṃyoga or Conjunction – verses 17-23
7. Avidyā or Illusion – verse 24
8. Kaivalya or Abstraction- verse 25
9. Viveka or Discernment – verses 26-27
10. Aṣṭāṅga or Eight Limbs – verses 28-55

For a section by section exploration,
each with a verse by verse translation,
go to:
Yoga Sūtra Mālā – Chapter Two Digest

– October 14th 2018