Even Mantra are classified into Guṇa…..

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“Even Mantra are classified into Guṇa.
This needs to be considered when using Mantra for the individual.”
– TKV Desikachar Madras November 24th 1979 on Sāṃkhya and Yoga

The problem is in the mind and the key is in the mind.

“The problem is in the mind
and the key is in the mind.”
– TKV Desikachar

Is desire the problem, or not fulfilling the desire the problem?

TKV Desikachar teaching at Gaunts House

“Is desire the problem or,
not fulfilling the desire the problem?”
TKV Desikachar speaking with his senior Western students London 1998

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Once I am very clear about what is to be known – Svadharma

TKV Desikachar teaching at Gaunts House

“Once I am very clear about what is to be known – Svadharma,
then I can be clear about what is universal Dharma.”
– TKV Desikachar speaking with his senior Western students London 1998

We should be careful if we feel very enthusiastic……

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“We should be careful if we feel very enthusiastic,
because it could distort the spirit of the teaching.”
TKV Desikachar speaking with his senior Western students London 1998

What is the role of Dharma in the face of survival?

TKV Desikachar teaching at Gaunts House

“What is the role of Dharma in the face of survival?”
– TKV Desikachar speaking with his senior Western students London 1998

How do you measure if something is important?

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“How do you measure if something is important?”
TKV Desikachar speaking with his senior Western students London 1998

Śraddhā is essential for progress, whether in Yoga or……

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Śraddhā is essential for progress, whether in Yoga or any other endeavour.
It is a feeling that cannot be expressed or intellectually discussed.
It, however, is a feeling that is not always uncovered in every person.
When absent or weak, it is evident through the lack of stability and focus in a person.
Where present and strong, it is evident through the commitment, perseverance and enthusiasm the person exhibits.
For such a person, life is meaningful.”
– TKV Desikachar

We must treat first the condition that bothers the mind.

“We must treat first the condition that bothers the mind.”
– TKV Desikachar

The model of the Nāḍī and Cakra can never help to explain……

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The human energetic system is very complex and it is even harder to understand the mind, the structure, the limitations and possibilities, the relationship with the body and vice versa.

On the other hand, we can easily say to someone that there are seven Cakra, that they are like this or that, that there are found here or there in the body etc in all simplicity. But we must be aware if we do that we haven’t really said anything, and the person will not be any the wiser.

The risk of confusion is even greater when we try to show the model of the Cakra scientifically, or to give spiritual characteristics some sort of scientific basis. Some try to do this, by linking Mūladhāra with the kidneys or the sacral plexus, or Viśuddhi with the thyroid, etc.

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The Cakra are points of concentration for the mind.

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“The Cakra are points of concentration for the mind.”
– ‘Concerning the Cakra’ by TKV Desikachar

If you don’t know your strength, then you can be easily influenced.

TKV Desikachar teaching at Gaunts House

“If you don’t know your strength,
then you can be easily influenced.”
TKV Desikachar speaking with his senior Western students London 1998

The less the depth of Saṃkalpa, the less the depth of what follows.

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Saṃkalpa is a serious intention between and both from teacher and student.
The less the depth of Saṃkalpa, the less the depth of what follows.
Once this is there what is required is Saṃskāra.
Saṃskāra is to remove the obstacles.
In a way it is Viyoga, so that certain things that get in the way are put aside.
Saṃskāra is like cleaning a vessel before you cook.
Saṃyoga is where something begins to happen.
The accumulation of what begins to happen between teacher and student is Saṃyoga.
Proportionate to the quality of the three, the output will be different”
TKV Desikachar speaking with his senior Western students London 1998

The more they (the student) like you, the more they become attached.

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“The more they (the student) like you,
the more they become attached.”
– TKV Desikachar speaking with his senior Western students London 1998

If you feel the strength, you’ll find the way.

TKV Desikachar teaching at Gaunts House

“If you feel the strength,
you’ll find the way.”
TKV Desikachar speaking with his senior Western students London 1998

So many Upaniṣad mention OM because most Upaniṣad are……

om“There are many texts on Yoga and Yoga is found in one form or another in the Upaniṣat. Yoga for them is the means to realise God and OM is the key to that process. So many Upaniṣad mention OM because most Upaniṣat are involved with Vedānta or the movement towards God.”
– TKV Desikachar “The use and abuse of OM”, Lecture on September 5th 1983 in Zinal, Switzerland

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All the Mantra that are utilised must have the OM to give it life.

om“All the Mantra that are utilised must have the OM to give it life.”
TKV Desikachar – Lecture on September 5th 1983 in Zinal, Switzerland
(Fuller notes on this lecture yet to be posted)

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The Yoga Sūtra in Chapter Four verse One indicate five ways to reach the……

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The Yoga Sūtra in Chapter Four verse One indicate five ways to reach the highest.
The fifth is the most laboured because we must start from the bottom.”
TKV Desikachar Madras December 19th 1988

In meditation, one must make the transition from the gross……

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“In meditation, one must make the transition from the gross,
that which has form and which can be seen by the mind,
to the subtle, the formless.”
TKV Desikachar Madras December 19th 1988

The belief that the individual can be his or her own teacher is one point of view.

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“The belief that the individual can be his or her own teacher is one point of view.”
TKV Desikachar Madras December 19th 1988

Meditation also depends on the meditator.

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Meditation also depends on the meditator.”
TKV Desikachar Madras December 19th 1988

Dhyāna, the Saṃskṛta word for Meditation, means the link between “I” and……

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Dhyāna, the Saṃskṛta word for Meditation,
means the link between “I” and a particular question,
and the absence of links in other directions.
It pre-supposes that the “I” is equipped to be linked,
is conscious enough that a link is possible.”
TKV Desikachar Madras December 19th 1988

Sthira Sukham Āsanam – Means what happens before and after a posture……

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Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 46 Sthira Sukham Āsanam
“Means what happens before and after a posture.
One should be able to move to another posture with ease.
– TKV Desikachar England 1980

What happens to the “I” in Dhyāna?

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“What happens to the “I” in Dhyāna?”
TKV Desikachar Madras December 19th 1988

I do not believe it is possible to teach meditation in a group situation……

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“I do not believe it is possible to teach meditation in a group situation,
but I hope I am wrong.”
TKV Desikachar Madras December 19th 1988