Until you can experience without the desire to repeat or reject it you are subject to the impact of Saṃskāra……

patanjali

Until you can experience without the desire to repeat or reject it
you are subject to the impact of Saṃskāra or tendencies from the past.
– Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 11

To experience the spaciousness of Cit……

cit devanagari

To experience the spaciousness of Cit,
Yoga says practice enclosing the Citta.
Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 2-3

Cit or awareness is the heart of Yoga.

cit devanagari

Cit or awareness is the heart of Yoga.
Neither full nor empty, nor mine nor yours.
Awareness is as it is and is as it isn’t.

A necessary step in Yoga is to experience a state of disillusionment……

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A necessary step in Yoga is to experience a state of complete and utter disillusionment.
Arising from that is a state of Citta prepared to give up its conviction of being the Cit.

– Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

We can read the book but the book can’t read us……

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We can read the book but the book can’t read us.
Plus we tend to read a book through our Kleśa.

There are two paths for Dhyānam Sādhana……

patanjali

According to Patañjali in the Samādhi Pādaḥ or Book One,
there are two paths for cultivating Dhyānam Sādhana.
Firstly that of Jñāna Dhyānam where the Prayatna is Viyoga.
Here the Bhāvana is to unlink from the activities of the Citta.

Secondly that of Bhakti Dhyānam where the Prayatna is Yoga.
Here the Bhāvana is to link to the stillness of the Cit.
Both Sādhana lead towards the same goal,
Kaivalya or freedom from the effects of the past.

Within the effort of trying to remain there not clinging to what arises……

Abhyāsa and Vairāgya
Within the effort of trying to remain there not clinging to what arises within the effort of trying to remain there not clinging to what arises within the effort of trying to remain there not clinging to what arises within the effort of trying to remain there not……..
abhyāsa vairāgyābhyāṃ tat nirodhaḥ
“By both practice and dispassion that contained.”
Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 12

Meditation is about the quality of the effort rather than……

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Meditation is about the quality of the effort rather than the fruit of the time.
– Observation on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 13

Yoga is not about not enjoying the world because we see it……

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Yoga is not about not enjoying the world because we see it as it really is.
Rather it is seeing the world as it really is and still enjoying it.
– Reflection on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 18

Awareness is a quality not a quantity.

cit devanagari

Awareness (Cit) is a quality not a quantity.

There are times when our Dhyāna feels like being merged with……

vitarka_vicara

There are times when our Dhyāna feels like being merged with ones lover,
a state full of presence, vibrancy, passion and bliss.
Tempting to want more of the same,
however Yoga says we can’t have our bliss and want to repeat it.
Also Yoga reminds us that a state of bliss is different from
and merely a stage towards a state of oneness.
Personal reflection on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 17

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Dhāraṇā is about ‘finding yourself’……

Dhāraṇā is about ‘finding’ yourself.
Dhyānā is about ‘staying’ yourself.
Samādhi is about ‘losing’ yourself.
Reflection on Yoga Sūtra C3 v1-3

The Yoga Sūtra is about reflecting on that which reflects,

The Yoga Sūtra is about reflecting on that which reflects,
in order to reflect from that which is the source of attention,
rather than from that which is the scene of intention.
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 49

Yoga is about remaining true to the self within the wiles of myself.

cit devanagari

Yoga is about remaining true to the self
within the wiles of myself.
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 21

The Yoga Sūtra says you can’t change your life……

parinama

“The Yoga Sūtra says you can’t change your life,
however you can change your perception of it.”
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

Serve Yoga and Yoga will serve you.

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Serve Yoga and Yoga will serve you.
tat-artha eva-dṛśyasya-ātmā
“That purpose of the seen is indeed for our essence.”
Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 21

The Yoga Sūtra become as if metaphysical Mantra when they can be……

Patanjali Yoga Sutra

Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 28
tat-japaḥ tat-artha-bhāvanam |
That repetition is for cultivation of its purpose.
“The Yoga Sūtra become as if metaphysical Mantra,
when they can be an internal intonation,
as well as an external edification.”

Avidyā is the illusion of recognising the……

avidya

Avidyā is the illusion of recognising:
the ephemeral as the eternal,
the profane as the profound,
pain as pleasure and
the silhouette as the source.”
Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

Prāṇāyāma is the interface between Āsana and Dhyāna and an important……

Prāṇāyāma is the interface between Āsana and Dhyāna and an important (missing?) link in the evolution of one towards the other.

Patañjali reminds us of the pitfalls of the illusion of……

avidya

Patañjali reminds us of the pitfalls of the illusion (Avidyā) of
recognising (Khyāti) psyche (Anātma) as awareness (Ātma).
Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

From Meditation (Dhyānam), arises Integration (Samādhi), merging the……

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From Meditation (Dhyānam),
arises Integration (Samādhi),
merging the experience of,
Moments of Containment (Nirodha Kṣana)
without Transformation (Pariṇāma).

The practice of Bhakti Dhyānam outlined in the Yoga Sūtra Chapter One……

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“The practice of Bhakti Dhyānam outlined in the Yoga Sūtra Chapter One
can utilise either Veda Mantra or Tantra Mantra.
The Veda focus is one of external harmony with the forces of nature (Tri Guṇa) and
the Tantra focus is one of internal empowerment within the forces of nature (Tri Guṇa).”

Tapas – the effort to reduce something.

Tapas – the effort to reduce something.
Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 1

The first four verses in the Yoga Sūtra Chapter One are very significant……

The first four verses in the Yoga Sūtra Chapter One are very significant.

If what is offered here interests then proceed.

Also the first four Sūtra summarise the whole thrust of the teaching.

  • Verse 1. Starting Point.
  • Now follow the teachings of Yoga.
  • Verse 2. Goal and Means.
  • Yoga is the containment of fluctuations in the psyche.
  • Verse 3. Outcome.
  • Then the seer abides in its own character.
  • Verse 4. Obstacles.
  • At other times there is identification with the fluctuations.

Suffering is the starting point……

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“Suffering is the starting point for the Yoga journey of four steps from:
the symptom (Duḥkha or suffering);
through to the cause (Avidyā or illusion);
to the path (Kaivalya or independence);
and the means (Aṣṭāṅga or 8 limbed path) for Viveka or discrimination.
This fourfold process is at the heart of Yoga, Āyurveda and Buddhism.”

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