Any attempt to meditate is going to fail if you are sitting on a pile of junk……

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“Any attempt to meditate is going to fail if you are sitting on a pile of junk.”
– TKV Desikachar commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter 6 verse 34

What good is the sword of wisdom (Jñāna Asinā)……

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“What good is the sword of wisdom (Jñāna Asinā),
to cut away the chains of doubt (Saṃśaya),
if the holder is too weak to bear it.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on the Bhagavad Gītā Chapter 4 verse 42

Collection of private recordings of Veda and Yoga Chanting……

Desikachar and Paul Chanting in 1999

Currently I have been classifying my personal collection of private recordings of Veda and Yoga Chanting made over nearly 20 years with TKV Desikachar or his senior chant student Sujaya Sridhar.

They were previously all archived on some twenty ageing and fragile cassette tapes and, with many thanks to the stalwart and painstaking sound engineer work by Christina, are now digitalised and individually itemised.

Now they have been both digitalised and cut into individual tracks I am astonished to see that there are over 200 recordings from the Veda and associated Indian and Yoga  texts, along with some recordings around the Yoga Sūtra. The Veda and associated Indian textual resources draw from the textual sources listed below:

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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

What is it that weapons do not cleave……

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What is it that weapons do not cleave?
That fire does not burn?
That waters do not wet?
That wind does not whither?
– Commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Two verse 23

Learning Support for Chanting the Gītārtha Saṃgraha of Śrī Yāmunācārya

Shri Yamunacharya

 Śrī Yāmuna was the grandson of the 9th century sage Śrī Nāthamuni
and a forebear of T Krishnamacharya.
His 32 verse commentary on the Bhagavad Gītā is called the Gītārtha Saṃgraha.
It is seen as one of the most elegant and succinct available.
From my personal library of recordings of my teacher.
To Download or Listen
To Download the Chant Sheet with Romanised Saṃskṛta

Samatvam (Equanimity) is a Siddhi……

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Samatvam is a Siddhi.
Because it is a state already achieved.”
– TKV Desikachar France August 1983

Amongst the powerful definitions of Yoga in the Bhagavad Gītā……

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Amongst the powerful definitions of Yoga in the Bhagavad Gītā,
Chapter Two verse 48 defines Yoga as Samatvam or equanimity.
My teacher described it as:
“When acting responsibly within our Dharma,
there is no attachment to the fruits.”

How is it that we fail to to act right, see right, communicate right, even……

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“How is it that we fail to to act right, see right, communicate right,
even though we have all the resources?
What are the indications of this failure?
What indicates that all is well?
Arjuna of the Indian epic Mahābhārata represents the model of
what clouds our consciousness and what can break this cloud.”
– TKV Desikachar’s introduction to a seminar on the Bhagavad Gītā 1998

The Bhagavad Gītā seen through Three Hexads

Shri Yamunacharya

According to Yamuna (the grandson of Nathamuni and forebear of Krishnamacharya) in his commentary to the Bhagavad Gītā, the Gītārtha Saṃgraha, this famous Hindu text should be considered as having three sections or hexads of six chapters each.

The Bhagavad Gītā is about confusion OF Dharma and the Yoga Sūtra……

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“The Bhagavad Gītā is about confusion OF Dharma and
the Yoga Sūtra is about confusion AND Dharma.”
– TKV Desikachar

Or linking to what we need to understand to help refine……

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Bhagavad Gītā Chapter FourJñāna Yoga or The Yoga of Knowledge

“Or linking to what we need to understand to help refine the outcome of our actions.”

Prārthanā Ślokam – Śuklām Opening Verse with Translation

Vināyaka

This prayer is used most often as an opening verse or Prārthanā Ślokam – Request Verse.

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