Yoga Practice is about a re-turning towards our inner life. However, even without outer obstacles, we can encounter inner feelings that arise and manifest as obstacles to that re-turning.
Here it might be helpful to reflect on the four pillars of
Maitrī, Karuṇā, Muditā and Upekṣā and the role they can have in helping to transform the unhelpful aspects of these inner feelings.
“ Bhāvana is a beneficial attitude that is consciously cultivated despite tendencies to the contrary”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 33
Ātma is the source of the sunlight in the Psyche.”
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Svādhyāya – to look at that which helps me understand.”
– Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 1
Bhakti Dhyānam uses Japa to build a bridge,
over the fear bringing streams of the mind.”
– Personal Commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 28
It is difficult to realise the wonders of
within the wanderings of the Citta.
Yukta Abhyāsa or skilful practice.
How to cultivate as intimate a relationship with our Practice,
as with our Problems.
Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 14
Jñāna Dhyānam the most difficult exercise for the mind
is the one of not exercising the mind.
– Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 13
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In introducing the
Yoga Sūtra Chapter One Upāya section within verses 20– 39,
Krishnamacharya talks about Das Upāya or ten approaches,
of which two are Śodhanam (Purifying) Sādhana
and eight are Śamanam (Palliating) Sādhana.
Pratyāhāra is not feeding the tendency of the Citta to automatically form a positive, negative, or neutral identification with whatever stimuli the senses present to it. From that we can begin to understand how their external gathering activities stimulate our conscious and especially, unconscious choices.
Vāsanā is an unconscious motivation directed towards
satisfying a physiological or psychological need.”
– Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 8
to meld the Mastery of outer Stillness to the world
into the Mystery of inner Openness to the beyond.
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 46
“The less we act from within the
field of the present moment,
the more we re-act from within the field of past memories.”
From meditating on the Heart,
we come to know the habits of the Mind.
From coming to know the habits of the Mind,
we come to know the Intrinsic Nature of the Mind.
– Personal Commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter 3 verse 34
Temple Chanting in Ansuyadevi on Pañca Kedar
Yoga Sūtra Chanting for the Mind.
Veda Mantra Chanting for the Soul.
Yoga offers me an intelligent way to come out of my mistakes.
Dhāraṇā – a state of effortful attention.
Dhyānam – a state of effortless attention.