108 Saṃskṛta Core Concept Pointers – 6 – Dhāraṇā

A lesser known facet of the Yoga Texts and Freenotes section of the Website is the Romanised Saṃskṛta Core Glossary and Cross Reference Guide. It started life as word by word linked index for the online Yoga Sūtra verses offering a meaning and a cross Sūtra reference resource when exploring related verses.

However, as more Yoga Related Texts were added to the online Database, it was obvious that the glossary needed to include relevant terms from other textual sources that matched or correlated with those in the Yoga Sūtra. So, the glossary now includes terms from related sources such as the Sāṃkhya Kārikā and the Gītārtha Saṃgraha, along with selected verses from the Bhagavad Gītā, and Haṭha Yoga Texts, such as the Yoga Rahasya.

The core word is shown in Romanised Saṃskṛta  and Devanāgarī script, along with a suggested translation, or alternative options where it holds different meanings within different contexts. These meanings are complemented by cross referencing with Similar, Opposite and Related Concept options around the Core Word.

Also added to these categories are:
– Links to Related Resources & Longer Articles,
– as well as Collated Related Short Posts & Quotes arranged in Textual and Practice listings.

Both offer further insight and are collated from all the posts involving the Core Word in the Yoga Journal and the Yoga Texts and Freenotes sections of the website. Together, these guidelines will hopefully help the reader navigate and utilise the ever increasing resources within the Glossary.

Meanwhile, as a further study and practice guide, a 108 Saṃskṛta Glossary Word Pointers Series is offered as an invitation into the depth and breadth of this online resource. The highlight words offered within this group within the series are shown below.

108 SAṂSKṚTA CORE CONCEPT POINTERS

3 – ĀSANA
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4 – PRĀṆĀYĀMA
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5 – PRATYĀHĀRA
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6 – DHĀRAṆĀ
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108 Gītā Study Pointers – 10 – The Yoga of action…

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The Yoga of action.
Who is acting?
Why am I acting?
Where am I acting from?
What am I acting towards?
– Paul Harvey on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Three

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108 Gītā Study Pointers – 9 – The Yoga of dejection, rejection and projection.

“The Yoga of dejection, rejection and projection.”
– Paul Harvey Introduction to Bhagavad Gītā Chapter One

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108 Gītā Study Pointers – 8 – The journey with and through the Bhagavad Gītā is one of a Vinyāsa Krama…

“The journey with and through the Bhagavad Gītā
is one of a Vinyāsa Krama with three distinct stages.
Firstly, the Pūrva Aṅga aspect of our journey in the ascension
from confusion to clarity, as epitomised in the first hexad.
Here we start from being disturbingly yoked to Viṣāda
as in the first Chapter, and through a chapter by chapter
process, we deepen our self-inquiry into the nature of who.
In other words, this hexad is an exploration of our relationship
with what we perceive and identify with as if our perennial self.
Through chapters two to five, we learn how to approach and
refine the practice of Dhyāna as in Chapter six, through which
clarity arises in our efforts to cultivate a sense of an inner guide.”
Paul Harvey on Gītārtha Saṃgraha of Śrī Yāmunācārya Śloka Two

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108 Gītā Study Pointers – 7 – Jñāna Yoga or the Yoga of knowing

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Jñāna Yoga – The Yoga of Knowing
Or linking to that we need to understand
to help refine the outcome of our actions.
– Paul Harvey on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Four

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108 Gītā Study Pointers – 6 – One of the purposes of Yoga is to help us with the challenge……

One of the purposes of Yoga is to help us
with the challenge of discerning between
what is our Karma and what is our Dharma.
Firstly by appreciating what is and what isn’t Karma.
– Paul Harvey on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Three

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108 Gītā Study Pointers – 5 – There is always Rāga, it just depends where we are in ourselves

There is always Kleśa, it just depends where we are
in ourselves in terms of a spectrum of being and doing.
Thus Kleśa can express itself within the spectrum of being
as either a state of Rāga Kleśa or a state of Dveṣa Kleśa or,
as happens mostly, somewhere twixt the extremes of the two.
Either way according to TKV Desikachar’s teaching,
progress is not possible without the power of these drives,
they are the horses that pull the chariot.
As to which of the two extremes we find ourselves
veering towards depends on our skill as a charioteer,
coupled with our understanding of the nature of the horses,
as well as the nature of the ‘food’ we ‘choose’ to feed them on.
– Paul Harvey on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Three verse 34

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108 Gītā Study Pointers – 4 – The way to Yoga is experienced through the art of living skilfully……

The way to Yoga is experienced
through the art of living skilfully
within the defects of translation,
rather than aspiring romantically
after the effects of transcendence.
– Paul Harvey on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Two verse 50

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108 Gītā Study Pointers – 3 – What is it that Air does not erode……

What is it that:
Air does not erode?
Fire does not burn?
Water does not wet?
Earth does not cover?
– Paul Harvey on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Two verse 23

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108 Gītā Study Pointers – 2 – Karma is a force driving us through our memories.

The first Śloka sets the saga on the field of Dharma.
Dharma is how we respond, whatever the situation,
presuming we can sustain our view within the present.
Karma is how we respond, having lost sight of our view,
because it’s become obscured by  the force of our memories.
Then Karma is the force now driving us through our memories.
So, Arjuna’s Dharma becomes obscured because of his Karma.
– Paul Harvey on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter One verse 1

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108 Gītā Study Pointers – 1 – In the Bhagavad Gītā Karma is defined as a Śodhana Kriyā……

In the Bhagavad Gītā, Karma is defined as a Śodhana Kriyā where,
as actions are performed, they also offer a chance to refine oneself.
Thus, whatever I do and whatever happens is a chance to refine myself.
The Bhāvana here is Ātma Śuddha where all actions are an opportunity
for purification of that which inhibits the expression of our essence.
– Paul Harvey on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Five verse 11

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