The Art of Sūtra Psychology
Clear your Flow Exploring Awareness within Mind and Emotions
From Paul’s Yoga Sūtra Studies in India with TKV Desikachar and S Ramaswami.
This Yoga Sūtra Freenotes aspect of the Yoga Studies website now offers Sūtra by Sūtra translations, they will be further developed over time through added interpretations and commentaries from my in-depth word by word studies of the Yoga Sūtra with the two longest serving students of the eminent T Krishnamacharya, especially my root Yoga teacher TKV Desikachar.
With profound gratitude for what this learning has helped lead me towards.
Here you will find a verse by verse translation of each Sūtra, arranged Chapter by Chapter, from Saṃskṛtā into English, from my many personal Yoga lessons, in their homes in India with my Sūtra teachers TKV Desikachar (1979-2003) and S Ramaswami (1979-1985).
- Chapter One Sāmadhi Pādaḥ with its 51 verses on the View
- Chapter Two Sādhana Pādaḥ with its 55 verses on the Means
- Chapter Three Vibhūti Pādaḥ with its 55 verses on the Fruits
- Chapter Four Kaivalya Pādaḥ with its 34 verses on the Goal
- Chapters One to Four Romanised Saṃskṛta Word Glossary
In the spirit of Patañjali these translations will now form the basis for expansion with commentaries and notes utilising the online Saṃskṛta glossary with meanings and cross references.
The aim is also to present the Sūtra using ‘proper’ Romanised Saṃskṛtā and over time adding देवनागरि (Devanāgarī) script as part of the web interface. I feel strongly that we need to be able to appreciate how the vitality and poetry of Yoga concepts is an inherent aspect of correct pronouncing.
In this instance I feel it to be more vital to correctly sound vibrationally terms relating to states of Heart such as Duḥkha, rather than states of Body such as Uttānāsana.
A Sūtra study workbook with a verse by verse translation and word by word index for various chapters are included as part of the Module Manuals for all students participating in Yoga Studies Personal Sādhana Sūtra Psychology Workshop and Course Modules.
Thank you for your interest and my gratitude to my good friend and web mentor Ronen Hirsch for his painstaking work in constructing the Saṃskṛtā database, coding the verses so they are a live resource and adding options for in-line commentarial quotes.
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