T Krishnamacharya Commentaries on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verses 1-4

T Krishnamacharya aged 91

T Krishnamacharya Commentaries on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verses 1-4

 Yoga Sūtra Chapter One Title
samādhi pādaḥ

“The Yoga Sūtra is divided into four chapters.
The first chapter, called Samādhi Pādaḥ,
assumes the aspirant has progressed adequately to be in a state called Samāhita.
Such a person is not easily agitated.
They have a clearer perception to comprehend concepts such as Īśvara and Vairāgya.”

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Svabhāva is Karma Vāsana.

srimad_bhagavad_gita

Svabhāva is Karma Vāsana.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Five verse 14

The power of the breath……

prana

“The power of the breath,
the power of the senses and
physical strength of the body are each distinct properties.
They should not work against each other
but rather contribute to each others well being.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 30

Yoga is Nirodha of the different activities and fluctuations of the mind……

nirodha

“What is Yoga?
Yoga is Nirodha of the different activities and fluctuations of the mind,
the leader of the senses.
Nirodha is to completely cover.
Thus this Sūtra implies the Nirodha of involvement of the mind in objects
that distract from a chosen direction of contemplation.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 2

All actions are not rooted in Kleśa……

klesa

“All actions are not rooted in Kleśa.
Those done when Kleśa are subdued produce joy.
Others produce different degrees of agony.”
– T Krishnamacharya on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 14

Depending on whether the mind is in a state of Samādhi or not……

samadhi

“Depending on whether the mind is in a state of Samādhi or not,
the person enjoys permanent happiness or successive chains of unhappiness and happiness.
Those who accept nothing short of Samādhi, freedom from the suffering of disease is realised.
After all, the root cause of disease is the disturbed mind,
when we cannot distinguish right from wrong or good from bad.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 34

Yoga is awareness, a type of knowing.

TK_1980a

“Yoga is awareness,
a type of knowing.”
– T Krishnamacharya 1988

Disciples often show themselves as changeable……

mantra

“Disciples often show themselves as changeable.
One day they are passionately interested in studying this or that Mantra
and the next day they have lost interest.”
– T Krishnamacharya

Look at the present moment, what is gone is gone.

TK_1980a

“Look at the present moment,
what is gone is gone.”
– T Krishnamacharya

All mental distractions arise from the free play of the senses and……

indriya

“All mental distractions arise from the free play of the senses
and only through continuing practice can one keep their power in check.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 18

In the case of a person whose mind is calm……

TK_1980a

“In the case of a person whose mind is calm and free from disturbances,
there is the integration of the person who meditates,
the mind which is utilised for meditation
and the object that is meditated upon.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 41

There are essentially three causes for fear….

abhinivesa

“There are essentially three causes for fear….
desire, disease and death.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 9

What is the nature of distraction?

itaratra

“What is the nature of distraction?”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 4

What effects Kleśa have on us?

panca klesa

“What effects Kleśa have on us?
They affect our actions and the results are evident sooner or later.
Further they decide, in spite of us, what we do and don’t.
Our actions will be beyond our control, so are the consequences.”
– T Krishnamacharya on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 12

Action with an unclear mind is a circuitous route……

karman

“Action with an unclear mind is a circuitous route.
Action with a clear mind is a straight route.”
– T Krishnamacharya on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 13

The evolution of Samādhi is……

samapatti

“The evolution of Samādhi is Sthūla Savitarkā to Sthūla Nirvitarkā.
This is Viniyoga Krama, then Sūkṣma Savicārā to Sūkṣma Nirvicārā.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 4
cross referencing to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 42-44.

Who is competent to teach Yoga and what are the responsibilities?

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Question to T Krishnamacharya:
Who is competent to teach Yoga and what are the responsibilities involved?

“Competence requires a deep study of the texts (Śāstra) and
also taking all of one’s duties and responsibilities seriously (Svadharma).”

Detachment can imply an attachment elsewhere.

vairagya

“Detachment can imply an attachment elsewhere.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 15

When disturbances that take the mind everywhere but nowhere……

samapatti

“When disturbances that take the mind everywhere but nowhere are contained,
then the individual is like a high class diamond, with no blemishes.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 41

Good habits can be as enslaving as bad ones……

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“Good habits can be as enslaving as bad ones and can also lead to Duḥkha.”
– T Krishnamacharya

T Krishnamacharya answers students questions……

baradavajrasana

A selection of the questions asked over the years by his students,
together with Krishnamacharya’s responses.
– Originally published by the KYM Darśanam May 1994

Food will either sustain the body or eat it.

annam

Food will either sustain the body or eat it.”
– Śrī T Krishnamacharya

The term used in those Sūtra is Draṣṭṛ……

drastr

“In the second and third Sūtra the means to realise Samādhi
and the true nature of Jīva were explained.
The term used in those Sūtra is Draṣṭṛ
– that which perceives and aids in perception.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 23

Abhyāsa is the practice of reflecting on the difference……

abhyasa

Abhyāsa is the practice of reflecting on the difference
between the nature of spirit and the nature of matter.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 12

Knowledge is not only memory. Every day there must be something new.

tk5_1980

“Knowledge is not only memory.
Every day there must be something new.”
– T Krishnamacharya

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