Sutra 1.3

Picture from sipra on her trip to the Southwest last Easter. Gratitude to her daughter Tai for planning such a thoughtful and spectacular trip.

Picture from sipra on her trip to the Southwest last Easter. Gratitude to her daughter Tai for planning such a thoughtful and spectacular trip.

 तदा द्रष्टुः स्वरूपेऽवस्थानम्॥३॥

tudaa drashtuha svaroopey vasthaanum

To me, Barbara Miller’s translation is really apt. In her words, ‘When thought ceases, the spirit stands in its true identity as observer to the world.’ This is the essence of meditation, to be so quiet in the brain and beyond it in the mind, that we can step outside the body and simply be an observer looking at ourselves in awe and amazement – for that is truly who we are. 

PatanjaliChris Johnson