From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Jyotiṣmatī literally means ‘Full of light’.

The Yogasutras of Patañjali (200 B. C.) describe several methods to attain tranquility and steadiness of mind.[1] One of these methods is to meditate on the suṣumnānāḍī. This results in a knowledge of the citta or one’s mind. This knowledge is full of sattva. It is compared to a jyoti or light (jyotiṣmatī = full of light). As a result, the yogi is able to transcend all the sorrows.


  1. Yogasutras 1.33-39
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore