Sutra of the Month

Sutra 2.5 – vṛttayaḥ pañcatayyaḥ kliṣṭā’kliṣṭāḥ


vrittayah: modifications/fluctuations (the mind-stuff)

panchatayyah = five kinds

klishta = painful

aklishta = painless

Sutra 2.5
The next sutra Patanjali goes into the five kinds of fluctuations, but for now, we know they can either be 𝒑𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒇𝒖𝒍 or 𝒑𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒍𝒆𝒔𝒔. Before we have the ability to quiet our minds, we can take intermediate steps.

Here, Patanjali explains that we have the ability to either make each of these fluctuations a painful or painless experience.

We still take note of our mind patterns without suppression, but now make a conscious decision to no longer takes us down the road of pain.


Just as we can recognize challenging moments in our lives can bring about much growth…

We no longer look at challenges as a problem, but opportunity for EVOLUTION.

Thus, transforming what could have been a 𝒑𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒇𝒖𝒍 mind fluctuation into a 𝒑𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒍𝒆𝒔𝒔 one.
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