Monthly Archives: April 2016

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1.23


From a special process of devotion and letting go into the creative source from which we emerged, the coming of samadhi is imminent

Or from intense devotion and total surrender to Ishvara

Samadhi, or the highest state, will be attained when we show intense devotion and surrender to Ishvara – this could mean ‘god’ or could be a non-religious ideal such as ‘om’.

Here, ‘ishvara’ is explained in a bit more depth. ┬áRather than a superior deity in the clouds, when the Upanishads use the word ‘god’ it is more a sense of ‘universal consciousness’ or ‘self realisation’, rather than our modern understanding of a ‘god’ or the ‘divine’.



Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1.22


For those with intense practices and intense conviction, there are three more subdivisions of practice, those of mild intensity, medium intensity, and intense intensity.

There are differences between those who are mild, average and keen in their practices.

The previous sutra outlined 9 possible combinations of conviction and time available to devote to practice. This sutra adds levels of intensity to that. Rather than getting hung up on all of the possible permutations, suffice it to say that these two sutras are saying that yoga practice is available to everyone, regardless of your level of conviction, your intensity, and the time you have available. Anyone can do it, at any level. As Sri K. Pattabhi Jois said:

Practice, and all is coming.


Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1.21


The goal is near for those who are supremely vigorous and intense in practice.

Success in yoga comes quickly to those who are intensely energetic

Those who pursue their practices with intensity of feeling, vigor, and firm conviction achieve concentration and the fruits thereof more quickly, compared to those of medium or lesser intensity.

This sutra does what it says on the tin – if you have strong conviction and time for practice, you will go far and more quickly than someone who has less conviction and less time for practice.