Sūtra II.28 – Chapter II, Sūtra 28

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योगाङ्गाऽनुष्ठानादशुद्धिक्षये ज्ञानदीप्तिराविवेकख्यातेः I

yoga-aṅga-anuṣthānāt-aśuddhi-kṣaye jñana-dīptiḥ-āviveka-khyāteḥ

Through the dedicated practice (anuṣthānāt) of the limbs of yoga (yoga-aṅga), the impurities (aśuddhi) are eliminated (kṣaye), which leads to luminous wisdom (jñana-dīptiḥ), and eventually an experience of profound discernment and clarity (āviveka-khyāteḥ).

PRACTICAL LIVING     In the last sūtra we discussed the different stages that one goes through in the evolution of clarity and wisdom (see sūtra II.27). Here Patañjali introduces the very practical approach to enhancing clarity, which he will go into more depth in the next many sūtras. But why do we want more clarity? At the beginning of chapter II Patañjali explains that the reasons we suffer (kleśas) are: misperception, attachment, avoidance, ego and fear. And who doesn’t want to suffer less and gain more peace? The limbs of yoga (yoga-aṅga), when practiced with dedication and whole heartedly (see sūtra I.14), have three major benefits:

  1. The gradual decrease and…

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