Yoga Sutra 2.29 the eight methods

Sūtra II.29 Restraints, observances, posture, restraint of vital currents, dissociation, concentration, meditation, samādhi are the eight methods (Opponent) But in other yoga scriptures there are only six methods – the ones from posture onwards. They say, ‘The yoga of six methods is now expounded’, and so on. For posture and those which follow it do directly help towards samādhi; not so the restraints and observances. (Answer) The objection does not hold, because following the restraints and observances is the basic qualification to practise yoga. The qualification is not simply that one wants to do yoga, for the holy text says: ‘But he who has not first turned away from his wickedness, who is not tranquil and subdued, or whose mind is not at rest, he can never obtain the Self (even) by knowledge’ (Kaṭha 1.2.24). And in the Atharva text, ‘It is in those who have tapas and brahmacarya, in …

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