Patanjali’s Definition of Yoga
instruction in yoga.
the restraint of fluctuations of the mind.
there is abiding in the seer's own fundamental nature.
the origin of the others, whether dormant, attenuated, interrupted, or fully
other times it takes the form of the fluctuations.
cognition, error, conceptualization, sleep, and memory.
cognitions are perception, inference, and valid testimony.
false knowledge, without foundation.
the result of words and ideas empty of object.
sleep fluctuation is based on the intention of nonbecoming.
the recollection of an experienced condition.
practice and dispassion arises restraint.
remaining there is practice.
that is firmlt situated when carefully attended to
for a long time without interuption.
the knowledge of mastery in one who thirsts not for conditions seen or heard.
highest (dispassion) - thirstlessness for the gunas - [proceeds] from the discernment of purusa.
from association with discursive thought, reflection, bliss, and I-am-ness.
other (state) has samskara only and is proceded by practice and the intention of cessation.
the one who are absorbed in prakriti and
discarnate, [there is] an intention of becoming.
the others it is proceded by faith, energy,
mindfulness, samadhi, and wisdom.
The strongly intense ones are
Hence the distinctions of mild,
moderate, and ardent.
Or from dedication to Isvara.
Isvara is a distinct purusa untouched by afflictions, actions, fruitions, or their residue.
There the seed of omnisccience is unsurpassed.
Due to its being unlimited by
time, it is the teacher of the prior ones.
Its expression is pranava (