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


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

I see this presentation as a Yoga Mālā or a thread of pearls from Patañjali’s Sūtra arranged over four chapters. I am endeavouring to stay close to my studies, but allow freedom of expression in terms of choice of meanings to facilitate an easier path for the reader.

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.

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 section by section, verse by verse translations go to Yoga Sūtra Mālā –  Chapter One

– October 12th 2016