This talk on the 2nd Chapter (Sadhana Pada) of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali was presented by Sri Swami Rama to his American students in early 1977 as part of a series of lectures. As with many of Swamiji’s talks he covers a wide range of topics in ways that are both informative and deeply inspirational.

Here he begins by explaining the twin laws of karma and reincarnation. He then emphasizes the practices of Kriya Yoga in helping to remove the mental afflictions (kleshas) that are the result of the deep impressions (samskaras) from our actions (karmas) in order to prepare the mind for the more advanced practices of 1st Chapter of the text, Samadhi Pada.