Yoga Sutra 1.27 pranava

Sūtra I.27 Of him, the expression is praṇava (OM) What is expressed by praṇava is the Lord. It has been said Or from devotion to the Lord (sūtra I.23). How should one perform devotion to him, and what is the means of that devotion? To explain the form in which the devotee contemplates on him, the sūtra says Of him, the expression is praṇava (OM). Of the Lord who has been described, the expression the expressing word, is praṇava. In the same way the word cow expresses something which has a dewlap and horns and so on. Now the word praṇava is variously explained etymologically: pra stands for prakarśena, perfectly; nu (= nava) stands for nūyate, he is praised; praṇava the word OM, praises (praṇauti) the Lord; the Lord is devoutly worshipped (praṇidhīyate) through it by his devotees; they bow down (praṇam) to him through it; through it they worship …

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