Samādhi is a state of mind and an understanding that arises from it.

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Samādhi is a state of mind and an understanding that arises from it.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 18

If you don’t know yourself how can you think of something which is……

“If you don’t know yourself how can you think of something which is more than you or higher than you?”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 29

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You should not get tired of the means or the practice.

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“You should not get tired of the means or the practice.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 14

How do you know the use of the right means is good?

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“How do you know the use of the right means is good?”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 13

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Restraint is in the sense of if I am here I am not elsewhere.

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“Restraint is in the sense of
if I am here,
I am not elsewhere.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 2

In Samādhi there is an understanding……

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“In Samādhi there is an understanding.
Something not based on your memories,
something that transcends your memories.
Prajña comes only in Samādhi.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 20

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.

It is not enough to realise that there is somewhere to go……

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“It is not enough to realise that there is somewhere to go,
you must also be really interested in taking the step.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 20

The spirit of Abhyāsa is to always verify the best means to go from……

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“The spirit of Abhyāsa is to always verify the best means to go from one step to another.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 13

If you remove the past from the present what is left?

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If you remove the past from the present what is left?

How can we distinguish the actual state of Dhyāna from infatuation……

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Question by TKV:
“How can we distinguish the actual state of Dhyāna
from infatuation with an object that pleases and fills the mind?”
TKV Desikachar Madras December 24th 1988

All means by themselves have no direction……

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“All means by themselves have no direction.
One must fix the direction and make sure it is not lost.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 12

The more you try to know Īśvara the more you come to know yourself.

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“The more you try to know Īśvara the more you come to know yourself.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 29

The beauty of the Sūtra is that they are only related to the mind……

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“The beauty of the Sūtra is that they are only related to the mind.
Thus they stand above various religions and can be studied and related to
by all types of persons from all types of religions.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 1

Sleep and Samādhi are the only times when there is no ‘I’.

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“Sleep (Nidrā) and Samādhi are the only times when there is no ‘I’.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 2

Nirodha always refers to Citta……

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Cit is always the same.
Nirodha always refers to Citta.
Thus Cit is a witness.
What changes is only Citta.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 2