In "The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali," cultivating citta prasadanam is considered a task of great importance. The Sutras teach that citta prasadanam is developed through meeting happy people with friendliness, those who are suffering with compassion, those who are virtuous with delight, and those who are doing harm with disengagement. In this way, the Sutras give guidance about how the relationships yogis have can affect their state of mind, and vice versa.
The broader term, citta, tends to refer to the heart-mind, or the more
emotive mind, as opposed to the intellect. It also refers to the overall
quality of the mental processes.