From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

The Yogasutras of Patañjali (200 B. C.) warns the yogi that he must not succumb to the temptations of sthānis. Sthānis are those who occupy celestial worlds like Indra. One should not fall a prey to egoism in the process of rejecting their offers.[1]

The commentator Vyāsa (A. D. 600) divides the yogis into four categories out of which the madhubhumika (yogi) is the second. He is the one who has attained ṛtambharaprajñā,[2] and therefore is capable of straightforward and truthful perception. The advice in the sutra 51 is meant for him.


  1. Yogasutras 3.51
  2. Vyāsabhāsya on the Yogasutras 1.48
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore