Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Maharishi 4

This is the fourth installment of the Yoga Sutras Patanjali Maharishi in the version of Swami Durgananda, Director of international de Yoga Sivananda Vedanta of Europe centres. Today we will see the 3 verse, verse 4, verse 5 and verse 6. It is a collaboration of the Centre de Yoga Sivananda Vedanta in Madrid.


Verse 3


At that time (when stop thinking modifications) the recipient rests in its real nature.

When there are no the vrittis there is no prints, and when there are no individual impressions remains in the self, the atman. At that time, the upadhis, all strata and the impressions of the mind, they are stilled and it is as if could see, through the layers of the water, the land at the bottom of the Lake. When the mind is completely stopped, the recipient rests in its real nature, which is being. It is the union between the subject and the object, the jiva and atman.

Verse 4


When the mind is concentrated the beneficiary is identified with the mental modifications.

This happens when the beneficiary is identified with the impressions. When we're unhappy, we identify with the unhappiness. When we are happy, we identify ourselves with happiness. All these feelings are the domains of the gunas: sattva, rajas and tamas. It is the nature in motion. As the weather - bright sunshine, rain and clouds - our mind has these three modifications and in the same way that penetrate the vrittis, recorded in chitta. We identify with them because we are not focused on being.

Verse 5

Verse 5

There are five types of mental modifications, some of which are painful and some not.

By assumed that there are more than five, but Patanjali has identified five groups main of modifications mental. A thought moves faster than the speed of light, so it is not possible to stop an individual thinking, but when we put several thoughts in a group, we can see what happens in the mind.

Verse 6

Verse 6

The five types of mental modifications are: right knowledge, wrong understanding, verbal illusion, sleep and memory.

Correct knowledge refers to the knowledge of the self. This absolute knowledge is called vidya and boils down to understanding that: "I am not the body, I don't mind, I'm being". It does not refer to knowledge of objects such as a car, etc.

Swami Durgananda

SW Duragananda Sivananda Yoga VedantaIt was initiated and trained in the techniques of yoga by Sri Swami Vishnudevananda (1927-1993), founder of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta ashrams and centers. As one of his closest disciples, accompanied him on many journeys both East and West.

Following the instruction of his master, Swami Durgananda established them centers of Yoga Sivananda Vedanta in Europe. Swami Vishnudevananda guided it personally in the yoga teacher training and with the title of "Yoga Acharya" named her as one of his successors. With intuition you deep, Swami Durgananda Guide to many people in the inner way and teaches meditation, yoga, nutrition, positive thinking, mythology and oriental philosophy psychology.

Yoga sutrasThe Sutras Patanjali's are a complete manual for the investigation and control of our own thoughts. A classical writing and a guide to holistic physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of meditation.

The practical and dynamic reviews of Swami Durgananda the Raja Yoga Sutras are the result of the inspiration of the great Sri Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda Sri Yogis with his intense personal practice and experience in teaching for 40 years.

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