Yoga Sutra 2.31 the Great Vow

Sūtra II.31 When practised universally without qualification of birth, place, time, or obligation, they are called the Great Vow For instance, harmlessness qualified by birth would be that of a fisherman, where he does injury to fish alone but to nothing else. It may be qualified by place, ‘I will not kill anything at a place of pilgrimage’, or by time, ‘I will not kill on the fourteenth day,’ ‘I will not kill on an auspicious day’. Even where not limited in these three ways, it may be qualified by obligation. Harmlessness and the others are to be maintained all the time and in all circumstances and in regard to all objects without any conscious lapse. Restraints so practised are said to be universal, and are termed the Great Vow. But these: this is to rule out the idea that qualifications like birth, place, and time, which distinguish other dharma-s, …

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