Yoga-sutras (with Bhoja’s Rajamartanda)

by Rajendralala Mitra | 1883 | 103,575 words

The Yoga-Sutra 4.27, English translation with Commentaries. The Yogasutra of Patanjali represents a collection of aphorisms dealing with spiritual topics such as meditation, absorption, Siddhis (yogic powers) and final liberation (Moksha). The Raja-Martanda is officialy classified as a Vritti (gloss) which means its explanatory in nature, as opposed to being a discursive commentary.

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration and English translation of Sūtra 4.27:

हानमेषां क्लेशवदुक्तम् ॥ ४.२७ ॥

hānameṣāṃ kleśavaduktam || 4.27 ||

27. The avoidance of these should he (the same) as already described in the case of afflictions.

The Rajamartanda commentary by King Bhoja:

[English translation of the 11th century commentary by Bhoja called the Rājamārtaṇḍa]

[Sanskrit text for commentary available]

He now says that the means of avoidance has already been explained.

[Read Sūtra 4.27]

The avoidance of these should be effected in the same way in which the avoidance of afflictions, ignorance, &c., has been already pointed out (C. II. X-XI). Even as they, scorched by the fire of knowledge, do not, like roasted seeds, sprout in the field of the thinking principle, so are the residua, (rendered infructuose).

Notes and Extracts

[Notes and comparative extracts from other commentaries on the Yogasūtra]

[The ideas should be destroyed in the same way as afflictions, for which provision has been made in a previous part of the work, (C. II. X-XI).]

He now describes the means by which a Yogi, on his meditation becoming steady by the non-production of other thoughts in the way aforesaid, may attain excellence.

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