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Yoga-Sutra

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

Sadhana-Pada

Sentence 44

svadhyayad-ishta-devata samprayogah ||44||

स्वाध्यायादिष्टदेवता संप्रयोगः ॥४४॥

svādhyāyād-iṣṭa-devatā saṁprayogaḥ ॥44॥

Self-study and reflection on yourself (svadhyaya) brings you into contact with the desired ideal. ||44||


svādhyāyat = (abl. sg. m. from svādhyāya) self-study; learning from one self
iṣṭa = (iic.) loved; sought out
devatā = (nom. sg. f.) godliness; personal God; ideal
saṁprayogaḥ = (nom. sg. m. from saṁprayoga) connected with; oneness