Patañjali defines Yoga as a particular state of mind…

Patañjali defines Yoga as a particular state of mind.
This can be developed through Abhyāsa and Vairāgya.
Abhyāsa is the effort to remain there,
Patañjali doesn’t say what this effort is.
Vairāgya is when somebody is not interested in
what is in the senses, or what is beyond the senses.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 12

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What are the impediments which disturb the mind?

“What are the impediments which disturb the mind?
What are these called and how many are there?
The obstacles in question are nine in number
and are discussed in the next Sūtra.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 29

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Abhāva can mean what appears so big becomes very small…

Abhāva can mean what appears so big becomes very small,
the obstacle is not necessarily destroyed but becomes ineffective.
Thus, the obstacle blocking perception becomes ineffective.
For example, at night when the light goes out you are blind
for a few minutes. Then your sight clears and your
perception improves almost as if obstacles are removed.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 29

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If you don’t know your self, how can you think of something…

“If you don’t know your self, how
can you think of something, which
is more than you, or higher than you?
Anything other than this is Vikalpa.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 29

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Further, it is possible to relate to Īśvara…

“Further, it is possible to relate to Īśvara
through certain symbols or Japa and
eventually reach a state where you know your
true nature and don’t have problems in your life.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 29

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OM represents every understanding…

OM represents every understanding
which can be expressed by words.
Plus, everything that cannot be expressed by words.
Here, this is Īśvara, ‘that’ which knows everything.
Thus, to relate with Īśvara you start Japa using Praṇava.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 28

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That which describes Īśvara is OM…

“That which describes Īśvara is OM.
However OM is not mentioned as such in the Sūtra
as it is regarded as a mystic symbol given in initiation,
Because Īśvara is not like the God in Vedānta,
the word Praṇava is used to describe OM.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 27

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The eternal teacher is not subject to death…

“The eternal teacher is not subject to death.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 26

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Īśvara is that being who knows everything…

Īśvara is that being who knows everything,
the sum total of all knowledge;
and because Īśvara knows it is the
teacher and was always the teacher.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 26

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The relationship with Īśvara brings you closer…

“The relationship with Īśvara brings
you closer to the qualities of Īśvara.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 25

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Patañjali defines what is the word called Īśvara…

Patañjali defines what is the word called Īśvara.
Īśvara is that being whose actions
are not based on the Kleśa.
We seem to know something,
but not actually,
we proceed and get into trouble.
Īśvara does not have this problem.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 24

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Patañjali offers a most unusual approach to Īśvara…

Patañjali offers a most unusual approach to Īśvara.
It is not a universal God as in the Upaniṣat.
Yoga is rejected in Vedānta because of the idea
that Īśvara is not everything, only a higher power.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 24

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Īśvara is defined in the next Sūtra…

Īśvara is defined in the next Sūtra.
It is an extraordinary intelligence,
or a supreme intelligence.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 23

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When Patañjali offers Īśvara Praṇidhānā in Chapter One…

“When Patañjali offers Īśvara Praṇidhānā in Chapter One,
he is not insisting on it, hence the word .
He has other alternatives for our practice.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 23

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Praṇidhānā has both the two qualities…

Praṇidhānā has both the two qualities.
It is both devotion and an inquiry into what it is.
To seek and to know is Praṇidhānā.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 23

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Bhakti is a part of friendship which makes a person…

Bhakti is a part of friendship which makes
a person look towards, or follow a person.
Dhyānam is to remember something,
as if it is right in front of me.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 23

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Īśvara Praṇidhānā is extraordinary devotion to Īśvara…

Īśvara Praṇidhānā is extraordinary devotion to Īśvara.
It is not mechanical, it is both devotion
as a force and an inquiry into this force.
It is a combination of Bhakti and Dhyānam.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 23

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Īśvara Praṇidhānā is not just Īśvara, it is something we have to do…

Īśvara Praṇidhānā
is not just Īśvara,
it is something we have
to do in relation to Īśvara.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 23

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It is not the number of hours in Meditation…

“It is not the number of hours in Meditation,
the type of Ratio in Prāṇāyāma,
the number of times you turn the Mālā,
it is the intensity of the attempt.

An intense effort by a feeble person is better
than a feeble effort by an intense person.
Thus, intensity is not on a practical scale,
but on an individual level.
Especially when considering the problems
that daily life superimpose on one,
and our efforts therein.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 22

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This Sutra explains, with the next, the intensity of Śraddhā….

“This Sūtra explains,
with the next, the intensity of Śraddhā.
These two Sūtra allow that the
intensity of Śraddhā can be different.

To those who are very intense, Yoga is very close.
Thus, it can look like this Sūtra is very disappointing.
However we have to look at it relatively.

This Sūtra relates to the effect,
or the response to practice.
Thus, it is not practical to measure it
as it’s all relative to the individual.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 21

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