Sunday, 3 March 2013

Patañjali's yogasūtra 1:22 Nature of our pursuit


मृदुमध्याधिमात्रत्वात्  ततो sपि  विवेषः 

mṛdumadhyādhimātratvāt tato’pi viśeṣaḥ

Further differentiation arises by reason of mild, medium [and/or] (nature of the pursuit)

मृदु मध्य आधिमात्रत्वात्  ततः अपि विशेषः 

मृदु - soft, tender, moderate 
मध्य - middling, medium, moderate 
आधिमात्रत्वात्  - आधिमात्र= above measure, excessive; त्वात् ending gives a sense of 'resulting from' 
ततः that, due to that
अपि -also, even
विशेषः - gradation, distinction, differentiation, particularity

This sūtra is to be read in conjunction with the last three [1.19-21], which outlined birth, qualities and intensity of desire for samādhi as factors which determined the achievement of samādhi. Now we are told that the nature of our effort, the intensity of the means that we employ is also a determining factor. 

Taimini speculates that this injects a certain elasticity into the rigid super-structure of techniques, so that each one of us can adapt them to our personal temperament and need.


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