Book 3: Vibhuti Pada (On Accomplishments): Yoga Sutras Structure & Overview

Book 3: Vibhuti Pada (On Accomplishments)Book 3: Vibhuti Pada (On Accomplishments)
  • 56 verses
  • Dharana
  • Dhyana
  • Samadhi
  • Samyama
  • Parinama (transformations of consciousness)
  • Nature of external appearance
  • Psychic powers

The Effects of the Practice of Yoga

[The Vibhuti Pada] speaks of the wealth of the effects of the practice of yoga, which may disturb the harmony of evolved souls because of the temptation of yogic powers. – B.K.S. Iyengar

Vibhuti Is What Flows Back Through Us

If sadhana is the planting and tending of the seeds of spiritual evolution, then vibhuti is the growing and blossoming of the plant.  Once we have created our connection with universal consciousness through sadhana, then vibhuti is what flows back through us from the universal consciousness in response to our efforts… The third pada describes both the transformative process initiated by samadhi and the fruits of the transformation themselves, which are the psychic experiences called the “siddhis.” … Some of the siddhis are relatively accessible to a modern reader, but some may sit right on the cutting edge of what science can explain… It may be that they are describing how to tap into what modern physics calls “the quantum world.” – Alan Finger & Wendy Newton

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