Yoga Sutra 2.01 tapas, self-study, devotion to the Lord, are the yoga of action

Sūtra II.1 Tapas, self-study, devotion to the Lord, are the yoga of action The means are listed: Tapas, self-study (svādhyāya), devotion to the Lord, are the yoga of action. (Opponent) But tapas, self-study, and devotion to the Lord are going to be given among the observances (II.32); why are they mentioned here? (Answer) The purpose is as has been said: to show how one of extravertive mind may become steady in yoga. (Opponent) Not so, because that purpose is declared along with the list of observances. And do not say that it is also taught here that they thin out the taints, because that too is taught in that place. ‘From following up the yoga methods, destruction of impurity’ (II.28), and impurity means such things as the taints. As to (the other effect mentioned here namely) that they take him towards samādhi meditation, that too will be given as the …

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