One could say that I have taught Yoga to hundreds of people……

Picture courtesy of KYM Archives

Picture courtesy of KYM Archives

“One could say, of course, that I have taught Yoga to hundreds of people, of different ages, states, origins, but by Yoga I mean only postures and breath control, and do not count meditation or interpretation of the texts.

These I have only taught to a few people and only to those I deemed worthy after several interviews, designed to give me an idea of their personality and the firmness of their intentions.

I discouraged those who appeared to have superficial reasons for learning Yoga, but never those who came to find me because of health problems, and who had frequently been turned away by the medical profession.”

– From interviews with T Krishnamacharya by Sarah Dars, published in Viniyoga Review no 24, December 1989

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As for pulse taking, this is considered by Āyurveda to be a method of confirming a diagnosis……

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“As for pulse taking,
this is considered by Āyurveda to be a method of confirming a diagnosis,
which has been formed from listening to the voice,
watching the posture, the eyes, the colour of the skin,
the quality of the energy, and interviewing the patient.”
– T Krishnamacharya

There are now several hundred Yoga Sūtra quotes so far……

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There are now several hundred quotes so far on the Yoga Sūtra from TKV Desikachar and T Krishnamacharya accumulating as posts over the past 4 years of the websites blog life.

Alongside this is the completion of the building of the online verse by verse Yoga Sūtra reference bank with its searchable word by word index database and cross-reference live links.

The next phase has now commenced with the integration of the array of quotes from T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar as commentarial links extending the translation of each Sūtra.

For example Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 20 now has commentarial quotes added, along with live links to other reference points. Obviously this takes time to link the existing material plus continuing to add the many hundreds of quotes still within my notes, but happy that this next stage is finally under way.

More stages cross-linking the Yoga Sūtra with other important texts around Yoga yet to be announced.

The perception that something is desirable is Sukha.

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“The perception that something is desirable is Sukha.
This perception sets in motion an urge to possess it.
This is Rāga.
Whether what is desired will give a lasting happiness is a different matter.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 7

The continuity of Dhyānam is compared to a flame which is free from wind.

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“The continuity of Dhyānam is compared to a flame which is free from wind.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 43

Only a teacher who has experienced Duḥkha can heal others Duḥkha.

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“Only a teacher who has experienced Duḥkha can heal others Duḥkha.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 2

Until a person has reached a state of Nirvicārā Samādhi life……

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“Until a person has reached a state of Nirvicārā Samādhi life continues to be a mystery.
Whatever he may achieve or know of the world or even of the cosmos, we are ignorant of our own self.
How little we can predict about ourselves, our future, our moods.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 47

There are two types of Yogis…….

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“There are two types of Yogis.
The first, Bubhukṣu, are Yogis who seek material benefits through Samādhi.
This Sūtra speaks about the second type, the Mumukṣu,
who do not seek material benefits.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 20

This Sūtra presents the quality of persons who accept nothing less…..

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“This Sūtra presents the quality of persons who accept nothing less than complete freedom from all sorts of bondage.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 20

Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra looks at the world as real……

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“Another aspect of Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra
is that he looks at the world as real.
It is Sat. It is not Asat.
It is not a mirage.
Even the mirage is real.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 42

They will, at the proper time of day and in an appropriate place….

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“They will, at the proper time of day and in an appropriate place,
sit and watch the idol until they can completely recall the image without having to look at it.
This ability will help the person overcome the distractions from different sources
when they sit for contemplation on Īśvara.”
T Krishnamacharya commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 42

When Kleśa are on the move, time should not be lost……

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“When Kleśa are on  the move, time should not be lost.
Reflection is a must.
Reduction of all the factors that increase Rajas and Tamas,
including right food, company, study and Niyama is a must.
Without them, reflection leading to a reduction of the power of Kleśa will not work.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 11

When impurities disturb the heart, one feel restricted and unable to move.

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“When impurities disturb the heart,
one feels restricted and unable to move.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 31

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Kleśa are not always dominant. Through Kriyā Yoga……

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Kleśa are not always dominant.
Through Kriyā Yoga they become weaker and weaker.
How is it possible to completely subdue them?
No mental effort can help as Mind is the storehouse of the Kleśa.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 10

Strongest memory is of that which is introduced when one is young.

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“Strongest memory is of that which is introduced when one is young.”
– T Krishnamacharya

It is Paramparā alone that ensures that words of the texts are interpreted correctly.

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“There is no question that Guru Paramparā is essential for proper teaching,
understanding and practice of all Śāstra, whether Yoga, Veda or Vedāṅga.
It is Paramparā alone that ensures that words of the texts are interpreted correctly.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 20