Sadhana Pada, Verse 42
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are an Indian literary classic and a treasure of spirituality. However it reveals itself only to a person who is ready to get involved with the complex study of the scriptures on Raja Yoga. For westerners to whom Indian philosophy is not easily accessible, the proficient commentary by Swami Durgananda offers a secure signpost for the Yoga Path.
Swami Durgananda is one of the most long-standing and closest disciples
of Sri Swami Vishnudevananda, who accompanied him on numerous journeys
throughout the East and the West. Her teacher sent her to develop the
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers in Europe and for many years personally
guided her in the training of Yoga teachers. It was already before his
Mahasamadhi in the year 1993 that Swami Vishnudevananda appointed her
as one of his personal successors by conferring on her the title of Yoga
She thoroughly and profoundly explains the Yoga
philosophy as well as
the structure and the function of the human mind. With
ease and clarity the four "Padas" (paths) - Samadhi, Sadhana, Vibuthi
and Kaivalya À are
described, explaining theirdistinct purposes and challenges.
Furthermore the book includes numerous pieces of advise concerning the
practical use of the timeless wisdom as handed down by Patanjali. It
thus forms an integral guideline for the physical, mental and spiritual
levels of meditation. The commentary of Swami Durgananda is neither abstract
nor sophisticated, but takes the reader precisely from where he or she
is standing. This means that everybody can benefit
from it. Especially
the second part of the book, in which Sadhana, the daily spiritual practice
and routine, is described in detail, constitutes a great help for the
Yoga-student. Swami Durgananda repeatedly points out that plenty of patience
and persistence are needed for spiritual development. The western concept
of quick results cannot simply be applied to the spiritual path. Here,
different laws are at work to help us attain success, and that is what
this book is about.
Verse 42 of the "Sadhana Pada" says: "From contentment comes supreme happiness" What is the nature of this contentment and this happiness? To be free from attraction and aversion, being neutal and accepting things as they are creates contentment. And true contentment brings mental peace (Santosha), which is a prerequisite for spiritual growth.
Whoever has not yet dared to approach the Yoga Sutras should do so now.
It is in beneficial to study Swami Durganandas commentary in every way.
And: Doing so you should take your time and not simply "consume" the
book. With time, true knowledge (Vidya) can grow from the study.
The Sanskrit-Alphabet at the beginning of the book, including phonetic instructions, enables a first approach to the original texts on which all interpretations are based. The glossary at the end of the book explains the Sanskrit-terms which have been used.