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



Sentence 10

tasya prashanta-vahita sanskarat ||10||

तस्य प्रशान्तवाहिता संस्कारत् ॥१०॥

tasya praśānta-vāhitā saṁskārat ॥10॥

The tranquil flow of transition to tranquility gives rise to a new impression (samskara). ||10||

tasya = its (referring to nirodha-pariṇāma)
praśānta = tranquil; undisturbed
vāhitā = flow
saṁskāra = impressions resulting from repeated actions; acquired habits

Each thought creates a mental impression and the creation of new connections between the brain’s neurons, thus making previous thoughts easier to recall and more familiar. The more often a thought occurs, the more anchored its neuronal path becomes. Patanjali refers to such impressions as samskaras. Even the end point of thought, which is contemplation, creates a mental impression, thus making it ever easier for us to attain this state.

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