6.17 yuktāhāra-vihārasya (Original)

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Chapter 6

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yukta-ceṣṭasya karmasu
yogo bhavati duḥkha-hā

‘Meditation becomes the woe-destroyer to him who is careful in food and careful in exercise; who carefully employs himself in works, and who regulates sleep and waking.’

Over-eating or never eating are both prejudicial to meditation (Yoga). So are excessive activity and complete inactivity. So are inordinate sleeping and over-vigilance. So are over-work (to exhaustion) and so idleness.

To him, who is discreet in food and exercise, who does not fatigue himself (in life’s multifarious avocations), and who is regular in sleep and waking, meditation becomes the exterminator of all afflictions, i.e., the untier of all (material) bondages.

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