Yoga-Sutra 1 – Samadhi Pada: about enlightenment

The first chapter of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras is about enlightenment - Samadhi Pada.


Samadhi (समाधि, Samādhi) = Enlightenment
Pada (पाद, Pāda) = ChapterThe first chapter of the Yoga Sutra by Patanjali


Sentence 4

vritti sarupyam-itaratra ||4||

वृत्ति सारूप्यमितरत्र ॥४॥

vr̥tti sārūpyam-itaratra ॥4॥

Lacking that, misconceptions (vritti) skew our perceptions. ||4||

vr̥tti = (nom. sg. f.) waves; changes; thought waves; lack of clarity
= (icc.) similar
rūpyam = (acc. sg. m./acc. sg. n./nom. sg. n.- rūpya) form
sārūpyam = (acc. sg. m. from sārūpya) similar form, as opposed to proprietary form of svaruupa (see above). In other words, we identify with something that is merely similar to our true nature, thus engendering a skewed perception.
itara = different, otherwise
itaratra = (adv.) in other states, otherwise

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