From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Santosa literally means ‘happiness’, ‘contentment’.

The Yogasutras[1] of Patañjali (200 B. C.) describes santoṣa as a part of the second step of yoga; it is niyama. It is defined as being contented with whatever one gets and not desiring for more.


  1. Yogasutras 2.32
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore