मैत्रीकरुणामुदितोपेक्षणां सुखदुःखपुण्यापुण्यविषयाणां भावनातश्चित्तप्रसादनम्॥३३॥
maitri karuna mudito upekshamanYoga Sutras of Patanjali, 1.33
sukha duhka punya apunya vishayanam
bhavanatah chitta prasadnam
Friendliness towards the happy, compassion for the suffering, joy for the good and equanimity for the bad, will bring peace of mind.
maitri = loving kindness, friendliness
karuna = compassion
mudito = sympathetic joy
upekshaman = equanimity
sukha = happiness
dukha = suffering
punya = good
apunya = bad
vishayanam = things
bhavantah = feelings, attitudes
chitta = mind
prasadnam = purification
I really love this sutra – it’s so simple, balanced and brings me closer to peace.
As well as towards people and situations, I also use it for my thoughts and actions – it’s great for attitudes towards self and others.