Patanjali’s Keys to a Peaceful Mind

I came across a simple and profound line as I was reading one of the most loved literature in Spirituality – The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Translation and Commentary by Swami Satchitananda.

This sutra was powerful enough that it can stand alone by itself and be applicable to each and every one of us, regardless of what we are currently doing.

The Sutra goes:

By Cultivating attitudes of friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and disregard toward the wicked, the mind-stuff retains its undisturbed calmness.

Just 4 keys and we got our peace of mind all the time:


By default we can set the state of our mind to Friendliness. If we find a happy person, who is better off, then instead of avoiding him/her out of Jealousy or shamefulness, we can become friendly. If we are friendly to a happy person, he/she is going to share the happiness and probably lift us to that state. Hey, if we are friendly to someone who has a car, he can give us a lift to work. Wouldn’t that make us happy? (and of course, It is not just about the happiness from money, but happiness in general).


Nobody wants to be unhappy. But at some point because of our ignorant choices we experience pain. To such a person, instead of blaming them for their pain, we can try to understand their pain and be compassionate to them. For example, we can be compassionate to a sick person, instead of pointing out his mistakes. He probably knows that already. There is no need to increase the pain.


If we see a person like Mahatma Gandhi, we can be delighted. We can see the nice qualities they exhibit and try to adopt them to an extent in our life. This might come easy because, we are easily inspired by popular personalities.


No one is born wicked. We can always be Friendly or Compassionate or Delighted towards any person. But if we come across any wickedness, then the best thing to do is to disregard them. Any amount of advice will just fly off their head and may probably pull us into their rut.

We do not need to be associated to any form of religion or spiritual path in order to follow these for our peace of mind. A slow transformation of attitude of our mind with these 4 keys, is bound to do wonders.

If we practice this like riding a bicycle then we don’t need to remember them, it will just come to us automatically. No one can take away the peace of mind that we deserve.

Our Peace is our birthright.

Many Thanks to Sage Patanjali and Swami Satchitananda for a beautiful Commentary.


7 thoughts on “Patanjali’s Keys to a Peaceful Mind

  1. Absolutely – a single sentence but what a profound message, and if you think about it, it is not that difficult to follow either. Loved the last bit – Our Peace is our birthight – yes and we need to work towards it. Small steps, one at a time can lead to big change.

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