the purpose of the different Sādhana is to clear the mind,
so the light can come out.”
– TKV Desikachar 1984
Svādhyāya – to look at that which helps me understand.”
– Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 1
mind is agitated,
because of certain things inherent,
not from the outside,
these are already inside.”
– TKV Desikachar 1997
Yoga Sūtra Study Question:
List five of the key concepts for
Chapter One of the Yoga Sūtra in order of appearance.
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“Even when our understanding is consistent with our perception or repeated experience,
it does not necessarily indicate a fact.
if we assume that a person is a woman simply because that person is dressed in a woman’s clothes,
this is called Viparyaya or mental activity that is based on something other than fact.
Viparyaya, then, is comprehension based on a perceived characteristic in the observer,
which leads to false assumptions.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 8
Bhakti Dhyānam uses Japa to build a bridge,
over the fear bringing streams of the mind.”
– Personal Commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 28
It is difficult to realise the wonders of
within the wanderings of the Citta.
“The world exists to set us free.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 18
Yukta Abhyāsa or skilful practice.
How to cultivate as intimate a relationship with our Practice,
as with our Problems.
Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 14
Perception is said to be right when something happens,
where we can see the design of the mind as well as the object.”
– TKV Desikachar commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 4
Svādhyāya implies what the tradition teaches or a teacher has taught as studies.
Thus, it does not necessarily mean that they should read and recite Veda.”
– T Krishnamacharya 1984
Jñāna Dhyānam the most difficult exercise for the mind
is the one of not exercising the mind.
– Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 13
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“You cannot change the past,
only our understanding of the past.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 42
In introducing the
Yoga Sūtra Chapter One Upāya section within verses 20– 39,
Krishnamacharya talks about Das Upāya or ten approaches,
of which two are Śodhanam (Purifying) Sādhana
and eight are Śamanam (Palliating) Sādhana.
“There are different grades of inclination and possibility
among those who are interested to experience the state of Samādhi.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 21