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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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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108 Yoga Study Path Pointers – 41 – Krishnamacharya’s Yoga Loom had three interwoven threads…


Krishnamacharya’s Yoga Loom
had three interwoven threads.
Namely,
an appropriate application,
according to,
an individual’s specific needs,
of:
Kāya Cikitsā through Āyurveda,
Prāṇa Śakti through Haṭha,
Citta Adhyātmika through Rāja.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 186 – Patañjali, in the Samādhi Pādaḥ or Book One, introduces…

Patañjali, in the Samādhi Pādaḥ or Book One, introduces
two primary paths for cultivatingDhyānam Sādhana.

Firstly, that of Jñāna Dhyānam where the Prayatna is Viyoga.
Here, the Bhāvana is to unlink from the activities of the Citta.

Secondly, that of Bhakti Dhyānam where the Prayatna is Yoga.
Here, the Bhāvana is to link to and direct the activities of the Citta.

Both Sādhana can lead the practitioner towards the same goal,
the unalloyed abiding inherent within the source of perception.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One

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108 Saṃskṛta Core Concept Pointers – 7 – Dhyāna

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 and its roots in the Yoga teachings of T Krishnamacharya. The highlight words offered within this particular theme within the series so far 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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7 – DHYĀNA
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