The Yoga Sutras Of Patanjali - Sadhana Pada
The ability to perceive ones true self manifests further when the senses are controlled and the mind and consciousness reach purity. The practitioner becomes filled with joy.
A deeper happiness in gained when the practitioner is content.
Burning zeal and faith in practice removes impurities and enables
the practitioner to gain the power necessary to control the senses.
Self study and reflection on a desired deity brings one into union.
Absolute absorption in unity is accomplished though surrender to God.
Happiness, steadiness and firmness must be felt in the sacred postures.
Passiveness is necessary for endurance when this infinite art of form is practiced.
Then conflictions and disturbances cease.
With this mastered one then begins vital breath exercise to control energy flow.
Retentions and motions of inhalations and exhalations are involved.
The 3 parts: inhalation, exhalation and the retentions are
observed, the time is measured, and carefully lengthened.
Breath becomes stable, rhythmic and natural.
Then that which covers the light is destroyed.
The mind becomes capable of concentration.
One then draws inwards removing oneself from external and internal
distractions. The senses will no longer obstruct one from the path.
Then the highest level of controlling the senses is achieved.