A Sutra a Day: I-41 Polishing the Jewel

Jun 29, 2012 | XSutras, Yoga practices, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali | 3 comments

- A Sutra a Day: I-41 Polishing the Jewel

From the Yoga Shed

(If you are irritated by every rub, how will you get polished? – Rumi)
I’m trying on being philosophical about having lost a post that took me the better part of an hour to compose. Hey, I’m slow at this, even after 2.5 yrs. on “Yoga with Eve Grzybowski”.
So, the gist of what I want to say is: I’ve been resisting like crazy writing about the next few Sutra. They relate to experiences I have never had. Fortunately, Chapter One is almost complete, and Chapter Two is more the realm of mere mortals like me.
Fortunately T.K.V. Desikachar has “unpacked” the following sutra in such a way as it is moderately comprehensible. See what you make of it.

ksinavrtterabhijatasyeva manergrahitrgrahanagrahyesu tatsthadanjanata samapattih

When the mind is free from distraction, it is possible for all the mental processes to be involved in the object of enquiry. As one remains in this state, gradually one becomes totally immersed in the object. The mind, then like a flawless diamond reflects only the features of the object and nothing else.*
*Patanjali’s Sutras, translation and commentary by T.K.V. Desikachar


  1. How beautiful! Desikachars translation if quite inspirational.
    Thank you for your effort in sharing these extraordinary aphorisms.

  2. I can relate to this. I’m currently in a state of moving from one distraction to another and focusing on things like my own blog is pretty much impossible.

  3. There is SO MUCH road to travel yet. So unbelievably much. (P.S. Love you and miss you.)


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