108 Chanting Practice Pointers – 3 – Make friends with a Mantra and you have a friend for life.

Make friends with a Mantra and you have a friend for life.

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108 Dhāraṇā Practice Pointers – 2 – Some days my Dhyānam Sādhana is akin to……

dhyanam

Some days my Dhyānam Sādhana is akin to sailing in the Aegean at sunset,
on others its more akin to slogging through mud at midnight.
Either way its just practice.

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108 Study Path Pointers – 6 – What does reflecting on our relationship with Manomaya reveal?

manomaya

What does reflecting
on our relationship
with Manomaya reveal?
In other words what
relationship do we have
with our habitual patterns?

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108 Study Path Pointers – 5 – What does reflecting on our relationship with Prāṇamaya reveal?

pranamaya

What does reflecting
on our relationship
with Prāṇamaya reveal?
In other words what
relationship do we have
with our energetic processes?

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108 Study Path Pointers – 4 – What does reflecting on our relationship with Annamaya reveal?

annamaya

What does reflecting
on our relationship
with Annamaya reveal?
In other words what
relationship do we have
with our bodily attributes?

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 5 – Serve Yoga and Yoga will serve you.

Serve Yoga and Yoga will serve you.
– Reflection on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 21

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 3 – Adapting the form of Yoga is one thing……

Adapting the form of Yoga is one thing.
Adapting the roots of Yoga another.
Better not to confuse the two when choosing.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 2 – Āsana involves the extending the length of the breath beyond the body……

According to the teachings of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar,
Āsana involves extending the length of the breath beyond the body,
rather than the extending of the body beyond the length of the breath.
The purpose is to facilitate the field of Prāṇa accumulating in its intensity.

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 3 – Śavāsana is a recovery from the fatigue of practice……

savasana

Śavāsana is a recovery from the fatigue of practice,
rather than a recovery from the fatigue of Saṃsāra.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 1 – Yoga Practice needs a Mat and a Map……

Yoga Practice needs a Mat and a Map,
of the two the more important question is,
what Map are you using, rather than,
what Mat are you using.

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108 Dhāraṇā Practice Pointers – 1 – Interesting to observe myself saying ‘hello old friend’ as……

Interesting to observe myself saying ‘hello old friend’
as I take up my Dhyāna Pīṭham.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 4 – The Yoga Sūtra become as if metaphysical Mantra when……

The Yoga Sūtra become as if metaphysical Mantra,
when they can be an internal intonation,
as well as an external edification.
– Reflection on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 28

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 3 – Avidyā is the illusion of recognising the……

avidya

Avidyā is the illusion of recognising:
the ephemeral as the eternal,
the profane as the profound,
pain as pleasure and
the silhouette as the source.
– Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 2 – Patañjali reminds us of the pitfalls of the illusion……

avidya

Patañjali reminds us of the pitfalls of the illusion
of recognising psyche as awareness.
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

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108 Chanting Practice Pointers – 2 – A day of clear clear blue, no past no future, just the present……

A day of clear clear blue, no past no future,
just the present with the clarity of the sun permeating every molecule of the sky.

Brings to Mind the Gāyatrī Mantra:

tat savitur vareṇiyaṃ
That sun most excellent
bhargo devasya dhīmahi |
on the radiance of the Divine I meditate |
dhiyo yo naḥ pracodayāt ||
wisdom may (that radiance) our impel ||

I meditate on the divine radiance
of the most excellent sun.
May it impel my wisdom.

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108 Study Path Pointers – 3 – When seeking the light better to verify that it is the power of the light……

cit devanagari

When seeking the light better to verify
that it is the power of the light
rather than the light of power.

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108 Chanting Practice Pointers – 1 – The practice of Bhakti Dhyānam outlined in the Yoga Sūtra Chapter One……

mantra

The practice of Bhakti Dhyānam outlined in the Yoga Sūtra Chapter One
can utilise either Veda Mantra or Tantra Mantra.
The Veda focus is one of external harmony with the forces of nature (Tri Guṇa) and
the Tantra focus is one of internal empowerment within the forces of nature (Tri Guṇa).

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 1 – Tapas – the effort to reduce something.

Tapas – the effort to reduce something.
Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 1

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 2 – viniyoga or application of Yoga according to……

viniyoga

TKV Desikachar taught the viniyoga of Yoga,
or application of Yoga according
to state of life, place, time and circumstance
to optimise the student’s potential within
that situation as seen from his
own, forever evolving, innovating and
maturing, developmental teaching thread.

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108 Study Path Pointers – 2 – Duḥkha is the starting point for the……

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Duḥkha is the starting point for the
Yoga journey of four junctures from:
the symptom, as in Duḥkha or suffering,
to the cause, as in Avidyā or illusion,
to the goal, as in Kaivalya or independence;
via the tools, as in Aṣṭāṅga or 8 limbed path,
for the means, as in Viveka or discernment.
This ancient fourfold process is at the heart of
the teachings in Yoga, Āyurveda & Buddhism.

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