Yoga-Sutra

The second Chapter of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras - contains instructions for our Practice - Sadhana Pada.

Sadhana-Pada

Sentence 50

bahya-abhyantara-sthambha vrittih desha-kala-sankhyabhih paridrishto dirgha-suksmah ||50||

बाह्याअभ्यन्तरस्थम्भ वृत्तिः देशकालसन्ख्याभिः परिदृष्टो दीर्घसूक्ष्मः ॥५०॥

bāhya-ābhyantara-sthambha vr̥ttiḥ deśa-kāla-sankhyābhiḥ paridr̥ṣṭo dīrgha-sūkṣmaḥ ॥50॥

Exhalation, inhalation, retention, technique, time and number must be very precisely regulated over a lengthy period. ||50||


bāhya = external; exhalation
abhyantara = internal; inhalation
stambha = steadiness; restraint; suspension; stationary
vr̥ttiḥ = (nom. from vr̥tti) wave; thoughts; thought waves; movement
deśa = place; technique
kāla = time
saṁkhyābhiḥ = (nom. from saṁkhyābhi) number; mathematics
paridr̥ṣṭo = (from paridr̥ṣṭa) measured; regulated; precisely observed; verified
dīrgha = long; extended
sūkṣmaḥ = (nom. from sūkṣma) subtle; fine

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