Śraddhā can also mean resolution or resolve, in spite of the obstacles, to move in the right direction…

Śraddhā can also mean resolution or resolve,
in spite of the obstacles, to move in the right direction.
Although, sometimes, when there is Rāga, a strong
desire, you will not stop until you have that thing.
Thus, the following differentiates Rāga from Śraddhā:
Vīrya – Vitality, vigour to pursue
SmṛtiMemory, it’s memory that starts one on the travel.
It is memory that keeps you on the right track.
Thus, it is vigilance or attentiveness.
Samādhi Prajña – To know, in detail or depth, Samādhi.
Thus we have a travelling from a minus to a
plus position through Śraddhā with Smṛti.
In Samādhi there is an understanding.
Something not based on your memories,
something that transcends your memories.
Prajña comes only in Samādhi.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 20

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You must believe in yourself that there is some place to go…

“You must believe in yourself
that there is some place to go.
You must feel strongly that
there is a place worth going to.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 20

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Pratipakṣa Bhāvana – Creating space by doing something opposite.

Pratipakṣa Bhāvana
Creating space by doing something opposite.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 33

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Jñāna Vṛddha – One whose perception is cooked by time.

Jñāna Vṛddha
One whose perception is cooked by time.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 6

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One whose Citta is refined through Dhyāna…

“One whose Citta is refined through
Dhyāna acts without selfinterest.
This influence, born out of Dhyāna,
allows the person to act without harm.
Otherwise we do not know what will happen.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 6

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Whatever is called Yoga…

“Whatever is called Yoga
must have some characteristic
of Sthira and Sukha, whether it is
Āsana, Prāṇāyāma, Pratyāhāra, or Dhāraṇā.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 46

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We need some means – that is called Nimitta…

“Who does this?
What is the force that brings about this adjustment?
We need some means – that is called Nimitta.
We must have the intelligence to know the basic
characteristics of our materials and their possibilities.
We must also have ability to bring about desired change.
Change of the mind, as in the movement from an ordinary mind
to one that is extraordinary, is similar to the process of irrigation.
A farmer attempts to direct the flow of water from
an oversupplied plot to one with insufficient supply.
The very nature of water makes it necessary only to cut
a dam to cause it to flow. However, he must recognise
which plot is surplus, which is deprived and which
dam he must cut in order to solve his problem.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 3

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What is the common factor of all the ideas in this Sūtra?

“What is the common factor of all the ideas in this Sūtra?
From one character to another.
Changes of mind are not based on the acquisition of new qualities,
but on those that already exist.
To bring about a desired change in the mind,
one must vary the proportion of the three basic qualities:
openness, activity and heaviness.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 2

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Kriyā Yoga – To do…

Kriyā Yoga
To do – Tapas.
To examine what we did – Svādhyāya.
To accept what we did – Īśvara Praṇidhānā.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 1

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Yogavalli divides this first chapter into two sections…

Yogavalli divides this first chapter into two sections:
the first is made up of 1.1 to 1.22;
and the second begins with 1.23
īśvara-praṇidhānāt-vā
and goes to the end of the chapter.
It is the latter section that describes
what can be achieved in the present age.”
– T Krishnamacharya on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 23

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Yoga is the pursuit of the unpursuable.

Yoga is the pursuit of the unpursuable.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 3

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Meditation also depends on the meditator…

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Meditation also depends on the meditator.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 6

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How can we distinguish the actual state of Dhyāna…

“How can we distinguish
the actual state of Dhyāna
from infatuation with an object
that pleases and fills the mind?”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 2

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Since Dhyāna cannot occur without an object of concentration…

“Since Dhyāna cannot occur without an object of concentration,
there must be an area where you fix your mind.
So, first you have to fix or bind your mind
on a particular place, a chosen object;
this is known as Deśa Bandha.
And second, the mind should establish
a relationship with this object which
should last, at least, for a moment.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 1

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Dhyāna is not simply to still the mind…

Dhyāna is not simply to still the mind.
It involves our ability to reflect afresh,
to discover what we had not known before.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 2

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Meditation must elevate the mind…

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Meditation must elevate the mind.
That is its basic purpose, to be where I was not.
This involves an ascent of the individual’s mind.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 5

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Action is best performed when it is for the good of the society…

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Action is best performed when
it is for the good of the society,
with the spirit of dedication to the lord
and with freedom from the attitude of
being the doer and the beneficiary.”
– TKV Desikachar on Gītārtha Saṃgraha of Śrī Yāmunācārya Śloka Seven
(Yāmunācārya commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Three)

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The Yoga of Patañjali, presented in very brief pithy statements…

“The Yoga of Patañjali, presented in very brief pithy statements,
asserts that all human problems emanate from the mind
and can be resolved by changing the quality of this mind.
Not only can they be resolved, but a person can also
utilise this refined mind for every use possible,
including comprehending the divine mystery.”
– TKV Desikachar Madras 1996

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Ekāgratā is compared to the sharp tip of the steady flame…

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Ekāgratā is compared to the sharp tip
of the steady flame of a Ghee Lamp
when not exposed to any wind.
In other words,
the mind should not move
anywhere else other than in the
direction fixed for Dhāraṇā.
Obviously the Viṣaya for Dhāraṇā
and Dhyānam should be the same.
The stronger the Dhāraṇā,
the steadier the Dhyānam.”
– T Krishnamacharya on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Six verse 19

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Fixing the Manas in a particular place…

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Fixing the Manas in a particular place,
disciplining the senses,
seated in a proper posture,
a person begins Yoga for Citta Śuddhi.”
– T Krishnamacharya on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Six verse 12

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