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Raja Yoga Sutra by Patanjali, with commentary by Sri Swami Sivananda - Random Selection

Raja Yoga Sutra Selection # 171

From Discourse IV: "Kaivalya Pada- On Realization"

IV.34. PURUSARTHA-SUNYANAM GUNANAM PRATIPRASAVAH KAIVALYAM SVARUPA-PRATISTHA VA CITI-SAKTER ITI

'"Kaivalya"(liberation) is that state in which the "gunas"(qualities of nature) (attain equilibrium and) merge in their cause, having no longer a purpose in relation to Purusha(the Soul). The Soul is established in its True Nature, which is Pure Consciousness.'

Commentary:
Liberation occurs when the gunas no longer have an effect. The three qualities of nature rest in balance, ceasing to go through change, for their purpose has been fulfilled. Then, the yogi can no longer be called an individual, for he is Purusha(the Soul) itself.

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