1.18 Liberation is achieved when practice has rendered the mind free from distraction.

“…citta is a non-occilating state between thoughts. Hence, one has to increase or enhance this state of pause in between thoughts.”

– BKS Iyengar, The Core of the Yoga Sutras

“Although you appear to be in the world then, you are not involved…. you first understand the nature completely, then bring it under your control and then push it aside and get liberated… You understand yourself to be the pure Self…which seemed to have been entangled…and is now finally free.”

– Sri Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

” …memories remain to help us live in the day to day world, but do not create distractions.”

– TKV Desikachar, Reflections on Yoga Sutra-s of Patanjal

“…remnants of past experiences…help perpetuate the [mind’s]…activity by maintaining the structure of the ego.”

– Reverend Jaganath Carrera, Inside the Yoga Sutras

“…Below the surface rests a vast storehouse of past experience in the form of latent impression, lying in wait to rise up from the subconscious and set the mind back in motion.”

– Devadatta Kali, Managing The Mind

“…awareness is eternal, it can not ever stop being aware…. the soul’s only options are what it is aware of:…entities or objects other than itself, or exclusively aware of itself as awareness with no reference to any other entity…. When there are no objects to detain its awareness, …[there is] no alternative but to be self-aware.”

– Edwin F Bryant, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali