Yoga Sutra Of Patanjali (3.1 – 3.56) – On Vibhuti (Divine Powers)

Below are the 56 translated verses from the third part of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. The third chapter of the Yoga Sutra starting with verse 3.1 deals with the concept of Vibhuti or Divine Powers. In this chapter, Patanjali tells the secret of how vibhuti can be obtained through Yoga. Vibhuti also means glory, prosperity, and siddhi.

So read the whole chapter carefully if you want to learn the path to attain vibhuti.

Chapter 2 of Yoga Sutra is in this article.

3.1One-pointedness is steadfastness of the mind.
3.2Unbroken continuation of that mental ability is meditation.
3.3That same meditation when there is only consciousness of the object of meditation and not of the mind is realization.
3.4The three appearing together are self-control.
3.5By mastery comes wisdom.
3.6The application of mastery is by stages.
3.7The three are more efficacious than the restraints.
3.8Even that is external to the seedless realization.
3.9The significant aspect is the union of the mind with the moment of absorption, when the outgoing thought disappears and the absorptive experience appears.
3.10From sublimation of this union comes the peaceful flow of unbroken unitive cognition.
3.11 The contemplative transformation of this is equalmindedness, witnessing the rise and destruction of distraction as well as one-pointedness itself.
3.12The mind becomes one-pointed when the subsiding and rising thought-waves are exactly similar.
3.13In this state, it passes beyond the changes of inherent characteristics, properties and the conditional modifications of object or sensory recognition.
3.14The object is that which preserves the latent characteristic, the rising characteristic or the yet-to-be-named characteristic that establishes one entity as specific.
3.15The succession of these changes in that entity is the cause of its modification.
3.16By self-control over these three-fold changes (of property, character and condition), knowledge of the past and the future arises.
3.17The sound of a word, the idea behind the word, and the object the idea signifies are often taken as being one thing and may be mistaken for one another. By self-control over their distinctions, understanding of all languages of all creatures arises.
3.18By self-control on the perception of mental impressions, knowledge of previous lives arises.
3.19By self-control one can know the image in the minds of others.
3.20The perception achieved through self-control does not lead to know the factors that support the mental image in the mind of others, because that is not the object of self-control.
3.21Applying the self-control to the shape of the body so as to interrupt the power of reception, it breaks the contact between the eye of an observer and the light produced by the body, and therefore the body becomes invisible.
3.22This principle also explains the disappearance of the sound.
3.23Action is of two kinds, dormant and fruitful. By self-control on such action, one portends the time of death.
3.24By performing self-control on friendliness, the strength to grant joy arises.
3.25By self-control over any kind of strength, such as that of the elephant, that very strength arises.
3.26By self-control of what is subtle, hidden or distant the yogi acquires a complete knowledge of that.
3.27 By self-control on the Sun comes knowledge of spatial specificities.
3.28By self-control on the Moon comes knowledge of the heavens.
3.29 By self-control on the Polestar arises knowledge of orbits.
3.30By self-control on the navel arises knowledge of the constitution of the body.
3.31By self-control on the pit of the throat one subdues hunger and thirst.
3.32By self-control on the tube within the chest one acquires absolute steadiness.
3.33By self-control on the light in the head one envisions perfected beings.
3.34There is knowledge of everything from intuition.
3.35Self-control on the heart brings knowledge of the mental entity.
3.36Experience arises due to the inability of discerning the attributes of vitality from the indweller, even though they are indeed distinct from one another. Self-control brings true knowledge of the indweller by itself.
3.37This spontaneous enlightenment results in intuitional perception of hearing, touching, seeing and smelling.
3.38To the outward turned mind, the sensory organs are perfections, but are obstacles to realization.
3.39When the bonds of the mind caused by action have been loosened, one may enter the body of another by knowledge of how the nerve-currents function.
3.40By self-control of the nerve-currents utilizing the life breath, one may levitate, walk on water, swamps, thorns, or the like.
3.41By self-control over the maintenance of breath, one may radiate light.
3.42By self-control on the relation of the ear to the ether one gains distant hearing.
3.43By self-control over the relation of the body to the ether, and maintaining at the same time the thought of the lightness of cotton, one is able to pass through space.
3.44By self-control on the mind when it is separated from the body- the state known as the Great Transcorporeal- all coverings are removed from the Light.
3.45Mastery over the elements arises when their gross and subtle forms,as well as their essential characteristics, and the inherent attributes and experiences they produce, is examined in self-control.
3.46Thereby one may become as tiny as an atom as well as having many other abilities, such as perfection of the body, and non-resistance to duty.
3.47Perfection of the body consists in beauty, grace, strength and adamantine hardness.
3.48By self-control on the changes that the sense-organs endure when contacting objects, and on the power of the sense of identity, and of the influence of the attributes, and the experience all these produce- one masters the senses.
3.49From that come swiftness of mind, independence of perception, and mastery over primordial matter.
3.50To one who recognizes the distinctive relation between vitality and indweller comes omnipotence and omniscience.
3.51 Even for the destruction of the seed of bondage by desirelessness there comes absolute independence.
3.52When invited by invisible beings one should be neither flattered nor satisfied, for there is yet a possibility of ignorance rising up.
3.53By self-control, over single moments and their succession there is wisdom born of discrimination.
3.54From that there is recognition of two similar when that difference cannot be distinguished by class, characteristic or position.
3.55Intuition, which is the entire discriminative knowledge, relates to all objects at all times, and is without succession.
3.56Liberation is attained when there is equal purity between vitality and the indweller.

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This marks the end of verses 3.1 to 3.56, chapter 3 (Vibhuti/Divine Powers) of Yoga Sutra.

In the next article, we will deal with chapter 4 of the Yoga Sutra.

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