Sutra 1.20

Taken by sipra at the Whetstone Park of Roses

Taken by sipra at the Whetstone Park of Roses

श्रद्धावीर्यस्मृतिसमाधिप्रज्ञापूर्वक इतरेषाम्॥२०॥ 
(shraddhaa-vIrya smriti samaadhi prajnaa puravaka itarai shaam॥२०॥)

Moving beyond a simple practice of meditation to reduce stress and calm ourselves, to continue with absolute confidence (shraddha) and commitment towards one’s goal creates its own energy (virya). With constant mindfulness (smriti) and continuing to refine one’s spirit in order to reach a state of meditation where the physical senses are controlled and curbed is spiritual transformation (samadhi). Ultimately one finds the wisdom (prajna) to be free of one’s ego. (These are the steps to curbing the demands of the ego-self. They are addressed by Patanjali in Chapter II, in the Eight Limbs of Yoga.)
 

Chris Johnson