By Swami Harshananda
Though the word saiyama is used in the general sense of control or self-control, the Yogasutras of Patañjali employs it as a technical term. When dhāraṇā and dhyāna result in samādhi, the process is defined as saiyama.
Patañjali describes a number of siddhis that a yogi attains by practicing saiyama on various objects.
- ↑ Yogasutras 3.4
- ↑ He lived in 200 B. C.
- ↑ Dhāraṇā means fixing the mind on an object.
- ↑ Dhyāna means meditation on the same.
- ↑ Samādhi means superconscious experience.
- ↑ The process of practicing these three together.
- ↑ Siddhis are the psychic powers.
- ↑ Yogasutras 3.5-55
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore