Yoga Sutra - Samādhi Pada 1.40
परमाणुपरममहत्त्वान्तोऽस्य वशीकारः ॥४०॥
parama-aṇu-parama-mahattva-antaḥ asya vaśīkāraḥ ||40||
Mastery of it [extends] from the smallest to the greatest.
The yogī’s mastery extends from the smallest particle of matter to the ultimate totality of matter.
Vyāsa explains that the mind can become steady by entering into anything at all in manifest reality, from the minutest object—the paramāṇu, the smallest subatomic particle in existence—to the largest—the totality of all prākṛtic matter, mahattva. As will be discussed later in the text, since the mind is potentially all-pervading and underpins all physical forms, it can pervade any form of any dimension and assume that form’s shape and qualities. Later verses elaborate on the states of omniscience that ensue according to the Yoga traditions. By such mastery, says Vyāsa, the yogī bypasses the need for the processes outlined in the previous sūtras, since nothing can obstruct the yogī who has mastery over his or her mind. The other commentators have little to add.
The previous sūtras presented suggestions as to how the mind can be fixed, says Śaṅkara. When this has been accomplished by one or more of the methods proposed, what happens next? What kind of samādhi ensues? To answer this, Patañjali offers the next sūtra.