Nothing destroys Vāsanā, only they become ineffective.

vasana

‎”Nothing destroys Vāsanā,
only they become ineffective.”
– TKV Desikachar January 11th 1995

Everything we do has an origin.

vasana

“Everything we do has an origin.”
– TKV Desikachar 1995

T Krishnamacharya answers students questions……

baradavajrasana

A selection of the questions asked over the years by his students,
together with Krishnamacharya’s responses.
– Originally published by the KYM Darśanam May 1994

But Saṃskāra can be fed by Vāsanā.

vasana

“But Saṃskāra can be fed by Vāsanā.”
– TKV Desikachar January 12th 1995

What factors promote favourable Saṃskāra?

samskara

“What factors promote favourable Saṃskāra?”
– TKV Desikachar January 10th 1995

We can have two opposite Saṃskāra, but only one can act at any one time.

samskara

“We can have two opposite Saṃskāra,
but only one can act at any one time.”
– TKV Desikachar January 12th 1995

Saṃskāra is so powerful, it can lead you to act without thinking.

samskara

Saṃskāra is so powerful,
it can lead you to act without thinking.”
– TKV Desikachar 1995

Food will either sustain the body or eat it.

annam

Food will either sustain the body or eat it.”
– Śrī T Krishnamacharya

The term used in those Sūtra is Draṣṭṛ……

drastr

“In the second and third Sūtra the means to realise Samādhi
and the true nature of Jīva were explained.
The term used in those Sūtra is Draṣṭṛ
– that which perceives and aids in perception.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 23

Knowledge is not only memory. Every day there must be something new.

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“Knowledge is not only memory.
Every day there must be something new.”
– T Krishnamacharya

Karma is the means to know oneself.

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“Karma is the means to know oneself.”
– TKV Desikachar on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Four verse 17

Before I inquire into who am I, I must first look at who I am.

srimad_bhagavad_gita

“Before I inquire into who am I,
I must first look at who I am.”
– TKV Desikachar on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Six verse 20

Jñānam is the wisdom of ‘I am that’……

srimad_bhagavad_gita

Jñānam is the wisdom of ‘I am that’.
Vijñānam is the discernment that ‘I am not this’ ‘I am not that’.”
– TKV Desikachar on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Seven verse 2

We may have intellectual Vidyā, but in reality we follow……

avidya

“We may have intellectual Vidyā,
but in reality we follow some deeper force of Avidyā.”
Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 3
– TKV Desikachar January 1997

Sometimes our ideas about the object are so strong that we give up……

samkirna

“Sometimes our ideas about the object are so strong that,
we give up trying to see the object and just look at our ideas.”
– TKV Desikachar Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 42

Past tendencies also determine the mind’s direction and…..

samskara

“Past tendencies also determine the mind’s
direction and quality of perception.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 4

Even when our understanding is consistent with our perception or……

viparyaya

“Even when our understanding is consistent with our perception or related experience,
it does not necessarily indicate a fact.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 8

There are three responses to suffering……

TKV Desikachar teaching at Gaunts House

“There are three responses to suffering:
– to pacify
– to resolve
– to dissolve
It is the level of suffering that will determine the response.”
– TKV Desikachar from unedited manuscript for ‘What are We Seeking?’

A good deal of suffering stems from the fact that we often take one moment for the whole story……

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“A good deal of suffering stems from the fact that we often take one moment for the whole story. A particular action done by someone at a particular moment should not be confused with the whole person. The person may have made a mistake and done some wrong, but there were surely other moments, other actions which brought some good.

We should never try to ignore suffering, but we can try to relativize it, see it in a wider context. If the shoe pinches, we should try to find out where it pinches, but also look at the good points. We don’t have to throw it away….”

– TKV Desikachar from unedited manuscript for ‘What are We Seeking?’

How can we evolve in order to change our relationship with suffering?

pratipaksa bhavana

“How can we evolve in order to change our relationship with suffering?

One important factor is replacement. The capacity to replace something within ourselves by something else will affect our relationship with suffering. If we are incapable of this then our relationship with suffering will not evolve.

For example, if we had a bad relationship with our mother in childhood this may dominate our feelings and thoughts concerning her. Every time we are reminded of this relationship the bad things come to the surface – the way she treated us, what we had to endure and so on. This is the way it happens naturally.

But we can also consider the positive things that must have come out of the relationship, the most important, for instance – the gift of life by the mother to the child. We cannot change the bad childhood experiences, but, if we can replace one way of looking at it by some new way, there may be a change in our suffering.”

– TKV Desikachar from unedited manuscript for ‘What are We Seeking?’