We have also to ask ourselves the question……

TKV Desikachar teaching at Gaunts House

“We have also to ask ourselves the question:
What do we want our (teacher training) students to be equipped to do?
– Personal Practice.
– Training Work.
– Supervision.”
TKV Desikachar speaking with his senior Western students London 1998

We need to find a balance between the demand and the capacity……

“We need to find a balance between the demand and the capacity.
It needs careful reflection if we want this great teaching to continue.
If we don’t want it to become another museum we have to check our work and care for the future.
Many organisations with a vertical structure have collapsed.
Our structure must not be vertical.”
TKV Desikachar speaking with his senior Western students London 1998

I don’t think any system, even though it has all the possibilities……

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“I don’t think any system, even though it has all the possibilities,
has all the answers, for all of the people, for all of the time.”
TKV Desikachar speaking with his senior Western students London 1998

Saṃkalpa is mainly the intention to do something……

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Saṃkalpa is mainly the intention to do something,
to be serious about my goal; it is something I feel I must do.
Saṃkalpa must be on both parts: student and teacher,
like when we chant ‘saha nāvavatu…’.
Saṃskāra means the purification,
like cleaning a vessel before I use it for another purpose.
It’s a kind of Viyoga or separation.
It concerns how I prepare for the situation.
The Saṃskāra is an effort in both directions: student and teacher.
Saṃyoga means there is a good exchange;
something begins to happen, something is given and something is received.
The best teaching has all three of these.”
TKV Desikachar speaking with his senior Western students London 1998

The teacher decides which of the Tri Krama is the……

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“The teacher decides which of the Tri Krama (three steps) is the best for the student:
Śikṣaṇa Krama requires a perfect knowing to transmit a strict practice,
without any compromise, as it should be in Vedic chanting for example.
Rakṣaṇa Krama is aimed at protection and preservation;
it promotes continuity in any levels like health, abilities, knowledge, etc.
Cikitsā Krama looks for adaptation, healing, recovering…”
TKV Desikachar speaking with his senior Western students London 1998

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

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

What is the measure of my Śraddhā……

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“What is the measure of my Śraddhā. For example,
When a student says these practices are not working?”
–  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

Sound is something that takes you in the direction of its origin……

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“Sound is something that takes you in the direction of its origin.”
TKV Desikachar speaking with his senior Western students London 1998

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You must have teachers who will have supervision to respond in……

TKV Desikachar teaching at Gaunts House

“You must have teachers who will have supervision to respond in the following fields:
Health, Psychology and Spirituality.”
TKV Desikachar speaking with his senior Western students London 1998

If the Saṅga is at the Puruṣa level it will stay; if it is at the Prakṛti level it……

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“If the Saṅga is at the Puruṣa level it will stay;
if it is at the Prakṛti level it will change.”
TKV Desikachar speaking with his senior Western students London 1998

The Saṅga must be springing from a……

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“The Saṅga must be springing from a common source if we want it to live.
It’s not a question of legal status nor physical meetings.
It is not the doing that will make the Saṅga.”
TKV Desikachar speaking with his senior Western students London 1998

The Indian culture says: ‘Dharma will protect the one who protects the Dharma’……

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“The Indian culture says:
Dharma will protect the one who protects the Dharma‘.
If you serve something it will serve you.
The more I honour the other person the better will be the response,
of course it may take some time.”
TKV Desikachar speaking with his senior Western students London 1998

The East is not going to solve your problems in regard to spirituality……

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“The East is not going to solve your problems in regard to spirituality.
You must find by yourselves and take responsibility about this too.
What you will do depends on the strength of your spirit.
It is not a question of technology.
If you are split, your students will be too.
This area requires reflection from each one of us and our group.”
TKV Desikachar speaking with his senior Western students London 1998

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