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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Jyotismati, JyotiSmatI, Jyotishmati

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