We are always experiencing Duḥkha even though some of us might not be seeking clarity.

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“We are always experiencing Duḥkha
even though some of us might not be seeking clarity.”
– TKV Desikachar Religiousness in Yoga Chapter Five Page 79

The only Duḥkha that matters is that which is about to come.

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“The only Duḥkha that matters is that which is about to come.
Things that have happened or are happening must be accepted.”
– TKV Desikachar Religiousness in Yoga Chapter Five Page 74

When somebody says ‘this doesn’t bother me’, they are already bothered.

“When somebody says ‘this doesn’t bother me’, they are already bothered.”
– TKV Desikachar Religiousness in Yoga Chapter Five Page 79

Mind is not the highest point in Yoga.

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Mind is not the highest point in Yoga.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 2

Samādhi is a state of mind and an understanding that arises from it.

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Samādhi is a state of mind and an understanding that arises from it.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 18

If you don’t know yourself how can you think of something which is……

“If you don’t know yourself how can you think of something which is more than you or higher than you?”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 29

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You should not get tired of the means or the practice.

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“You should not get tired of the means or the practice.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 14

How do you know the use of the right means is good?

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“How do you know the use of the right means is good?”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 13

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Restraint is in the sense of if I am here I am not elsewhere.

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“Restraint is in the sense of
if I am here,
I am not elsewhere.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 2

In Samādhi there is an understanding……

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“In Samādhi there is an understanding.
Something not based on your memories,
something that transcends your memories.
Prajña comes only in Samādhi.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 20

It is not enough to realise that there is somewhere to go……

sraddha

“It is not enough to realise that there is somewhere to go,
you must also be really interested in taking the step.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 20

The spirit of Abhyāsa is to always verify the best means to go from……

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“The spirit of Abhyāsa is to always verify the best means to go from one step to another.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 13

All means by themselves have no direction……

abhyasa

“All means by themselves have no direction.
One must fix the direction and make sure it is not lost.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 12

The more you try to know Īśvara the more you come to know yourself.

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“The more you try to know Īśvara the more you come to know yourself.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 29

The beauty of the Sūtra is that they are only related to the mind……

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“The beauty of the Sūtra is that they are only related to the mind.
Thus they stand above various religions and can be studied and related to
by all types of persons from all types of religions.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 1

Sleep and Samādhi are the only times when there is no ‘I’.

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“Sleep (Nidrā) and Samādhi are the only times when there is no ‘I’.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 2