“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
“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 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 and can also lead to Duḥkha.”
– T Krishnamacharya
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.”
– Śrī T Krishnamacharya
“Knowledge is not only memory.
Every day there must be something new.”
– T Krishnamacharya
“Past tendencies also determine the mind’s direction and quality of perception.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 4
“Even when our understanding is consistent with our perception or related experience,
it does not necessarily indicate a fact.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 8
“Slow and regulated breathing using special techniques
to lengthen the the inhale and exhale processes
are also helpful techniques to quieten the disturbed mind
and reduce the unpleasant consequences of this state.
Along with these breathing techniques examination of food habits
and changing them to suit is also a must.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 34
“Among the disciplines to be applied are:
– Using appropriate breathing technique when moving the body in Āsana practice.
– Eliminating unnecessary travel.
– Regulating the intake of food.
Without these disciplines, the practice of Āsana, Prāṇāyāma and Vairāgya will not be effective.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 34