The third chapter of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras instructs us about the progression of our practice - Vibhuti Pada.

Yoga-Sutra

Vibhuti-Pada

Sentence 17

shabdartha-pratyayamam-itaretaradhyasat-sankarah tat-pravibhaga-sanyamat sarvabhuta-ruta-jnanam ||17||

शब्दार्थप्रत्ययामामितरेतराध्यासात्संकरः तत्प्रविभागसंयमात् सर्वभूतरुतज्ञानम् ॥१७॥

śabdārtha-pratyayāmām-itaretarādhyāsāt-saṁkaraḥ tat-pravibhāga-saṁyamāt sarvabhūta-ruta-jñānam ॥17॥

The name, task and experience associated with an object are interconnected. By meditating (samyama) on the distinction between these three, we attain knowledge (jnana) concerning the form of expression of all living beings. ||17||


śabda = word; sound; name of an object
artha = object; purpose; meaning
pratyayāna = thought; content of the mind; experience
itara = the one
itaretarā = one another
adhyāsa = interrelated; based on
saṁkara = mixture
tat = these
pravibhāga = separation; differentiation
saṁyamāt = (abl. sg. m. from saṁyamā) concentration; contemplation; samyama; meditation
sarva = all
bhūta = living beings
ruta = sound; language; speech; form of expression
jñāna = knowledge; understanding

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