108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 4 – Pratiloma Ujjāyī is both an elegant and eloquent Prāṇāyāma technique.

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Pratiloma Ujjāyī is both an elegant and eloquent Prāṇāyāma technique.

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Learning Support for Chanting the Gaṇapati Prārthanā Jaṭā Pāṭhaḥ

Learning Support for Chanting the Taittirīya Saṃhitā 2.3.14 – Gaṇapati Prārthanā Jaṭā Pāṭhaḥ.
From my personal library of recordings of my teacher.
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108 Study Path Pointers – 5 – What does reflecting on our relationship with Prāṇamaya reveal?

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What does reflecting on our relationship with Prāṇamaya reveal?
– Taittirīya Upaniṣad Chapter Three Bhṛguvallī verse 2

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

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What does reflecting on our relationship with Annamaya reveal?
– Taittirīya Upaniṣad Chapter Three Bhṛguvallī verse 1

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Sound is something that takes you in the direction of its origin……

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“Sound is something that takes you in the direction of its origin.”
TKV Desikachar speaking with his senior Western students London 1998

Learning Support for Chanting the Gaṇapati Prārthanā Krama Pāṭhaḥ

Learning Support for Chanting the Taittirīya Saṃhitā 2.3.14 – Gaṇapati Prārthanā Krama Pāṭhaḥ.
From my personal library of recordings of my teacher.
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The ancient people took the next step……

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“The ancient people took the next step.
If there is disease what is to be done?
What is the cause of the disease?
The cause of the disease is that we are unable to follow Īśvara Praṇidhānā.”
TKV Desikachar France 1983

After having seen the consequences of your action……

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“After having seen the consequences of your action,
to think and then to jump,
not the other way round.”
– TKV Desikachar France 1983

General outline on Cikitsa Krama……

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“General outline on Cikitsa Krama.
More sophisticated than Śikṣaṇa Krama.
Already when you know an object it is seen differently by different people.
So when I offer a healing object it is seen as a cause of disease by others.
One mind can influence minds differently,
because different minds receive things differently.”
– TKV Desikachar France 1983

Change is universal but not the same for everybody…..

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Question to TKV Desikachar on Pariṇāma:
“Change is universal but not the same for everybody.
Pariṇāma gives life to Saṃskāra.
Saṃskāra gives stability to Pariṇāma.
So there is an order in any change.
If there is no Pariṇāma or Saṃskāra there is no Vidyā or Avidyā.”
TKV Desikachar France 1983

We can summarise all the Bheda into three……

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“We can summarise all the Bheda into three:
Saṃskāra Bheda (division by tendencies)
Pariṇāma Bheda (division by transformation or change)
Avidyā Bheda (division by illusion)
They are not bad things, only different.
We need to recognise and do something so the negative differences don’t take us over.”
– TKV Desikachar France 1983

Everything is there within Awareness…….

Everything is there within Awareness.

tatra niratiśayaṃ sarva-jña-bījam
“There the source of all knowing is unsurpassed.”
Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 25

Firstly we need to ‘as if’ dedicate our actions towards Awareness.

tat-artha eva-dṛśyasya-ātmā
“That purpose of the seen is indeed for our essence.”
Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 21

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The aim of Yoga and Sāṃkhya is to be yoked to the more discerning……

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The aim of Yoga and Sāṃkhya is to be yoked to the more discerning aspects of the psyche, rather than just to the more grasping aspects of the psyche.

In the former the tendency of the Buddhi to discern discriminately dominates the tendency of Ahaṃkāra to grasp indiscriminately. In the latter the tendency of the Ahaṃkāra to grasp dominates the tendency of the Buddhi to discern.

The former is a state known as Buddhi Sattva where the clarity of discernment dominates the indiscriminate grasping nature of the Ahaṃkāra. The latter is a state of Buddhi Tamas, where the discerning qualities of the Buddhi are obscured by the grasping nature of the Ahaṃkāra.

Thus our Yoga Sādhana has but one aim, that of the reduction of the obscuration of Tamas (apart from deep sleep) in the Buddhi. This reduction of Tamas facilitates the ascent of the clarity of Sattva, as in the metaphor of the reduction of the cloud facilitates the ascent of the sun discussed within yesterdays post.

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Is there an equivalent of “redemption” in the Yogic system?

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Question:
Is there an equivalent of “redemption” in the Yogic system? Getting out of the trouble caused by Avidyā?

Response:
A complex question as all the major Religious traditions have different views as to what it is and how it works.

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Thus we can only know Avidyā through īśvara Praṇidhānā by……

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“Thus we can only know Avidyā through īśvara Praṇidhānā by action and its results.”
– TKV Desikachar France 1983

I feel reflecting on the recent three posts on Īśvara Praṇidhānā……

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I feel reflecting on the recent three posts on Īśvara Praṇidhānā from TKV Desikachar in relation to our actions needs to consider the Sat Viniyoga or appropriate application of the Citta or psyche in terms of:

Vikalpa or the ability to skilfully use imagination and fantasy.
Pramāṇa or the ability to skilfully use right perception.
Smṛti or the ability to skilfully use our memory of experiences.

And the Sat Viniyoga or appropriate application of Time In terms of its three faces – Past, Present and Future.
These two aspects psyche and time offer a myriad of combinations for reflection such as:

  • Past – “īśvara Praṇidhānā – How do we take the fruit of our action?”
    How skilful is my use of Pramāṇa around being present with possible impacts of previous actions?
  • Present – “The relationship we have developed with the fruits of our actions is īśvara Praṇidhānā
    How skilful is my use of Smṛti around being present with possible effects of current actions?
  • Future – “īśvara Praṇidhānā – What is our attitude towards our own action?”
    How skilful is my use of Vikalpa around possible outcomes of future actions?

The relationship we have developed with the fruits of our actions is……

The relationship we have developed with the fruits of our actions

“The relationship we have developed with the fruits of our actions is Īśvara Praṇidhānā
TKV Desikachar France 1983

īśvara Praṇidhānā – How do we take the fruit of our action?

How do we take the fruit of our action?

Īśvara Praṇidhānā – How do we take the fruits of our action?”
TKV Desikachar France 1983

īśvara Praṇidhānā – What is our attitude towards our own action?

What is our attitude towards our own action?

Īśvara Praṇidhānā
What is our attitude towards our own action?”
TKV Desikachar France 1983

The re-action of Tapas should lead you towards Svādhyāya……

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Svādhyāya
Reflecting on our actions will tell us something about oneself.
The word means going toward oneself.
The re-action of Tapas should lead you towards Svādhyāya.
Also means study of texts.
For example Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā and Pūrṇa Matsyendrāsana.
Is the effect different from what it said will happen?
This leads to Svādhyāya and Anumāna or to a teacher.”
TKV Desikachar France 1983

What is Yoga? – An interview with Paul Harvey on BBC Radio Bristol 1986.

What is Yoga?

– An interview with Paul Harvey on BBC Radio Bristol Feb 1986.

I. Yoga is often portrayed as sitting still perhaps in rather bizarre positions communicating with the depths of human relaxation and comprehension. How accurate a picture is that?

I am delighted to welcome to the Programme this afternoon Paul Harvey who among other things teaches Yoga at the Centre for Yoga Studies in Bath and at the Whiteladies Natural Health Clinic. You also, I think, have a couple of diplomas haven’t you?

PH. Yes I have though I feel that my main training has come not from diploma work but from the closer experience of studying and practising Yoga in India.

I. You’ve only recently come back from India I know and you spent what two years or so in India in the late seventies or early eighties?

PH. Yes that’s right.

I. Where did your own interest in Yoga come from then Paul?

PH. My own interest in Yoga came from a vague understanding of Indian thought and Indian philosophy in the late sixties and early seventies and from looking at the idea of meditation and at what meditation was.

One of the first things I found was that I couldn’t sit still. It was impossible to sit because of the stiffness in my back and the discomfort in my legs and it was my wife who saw an advert for a Yoga class. This was in 1972.

I. But…..A Yoga class? One imagines them all sitting with their legs behind their neck in rather odd positions as I mentioned before. Was that the picture you had in your own mind of Yoga at that time?

PH. I’m sorry to say that the first class I went to was like that. The teacher stood on his head and waved his stomach in and out. He had a rather large stomach so it was quite an extraordinary sight and when we finished the class we all went down to the pub afterwards.

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Patañjali has proposed 3 approaches to verify the indications……

Patañjali has proposed 3 approaches to verify the indications.
Tapas – Process of action
FoodĀsanaPrāṇāyāma.
You will be doing something that you will not be habitually doing.
For example one day no salt, cigarettes, Prāṇāyāma.
Tapas is from the root to create thirst.
It means to deprive.
It will tell us about ourselves.
It will reveal our Saṃskāra and Pariṇāma or changes in ourselves.
From this Tapas we will start to get an indication of our individual nature.
For example active or lazy.
Tapas indicates the the beginning of the Bheda, through the Bhāva.”
– TKV Desikachar France 1983

The viniyoga of Planning Principles – 1 – According to the viniyoga of Yoga

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The viniyoga of Planning Principles 1 – According to the viniyoga of Yoga

Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 6
tasya bhūmiṣu viniyogaḥ
“Its application is in stages.”

“The spirit of viniyoga is starting from where one finds oneself.
As everybody is different and changes from time to time,
there can be no common starting point and ready-made answers are useless.
The present situation must be examined and the habitually established status must be re-examined.”
– TKV Desikachar

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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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I was practicing yoga last week, still using the pin figures on……

I received this yesterday and thought it a quirky 25 year later feedback follow-on to my post yesterday on 121 teaching:

“Dear Paul,
I was practicing yoga last week, still using the pin figures on graph paper (once white that is now yellow) that you drew for me back in 1987 when I lived in Bath.
I thought that I would search for you and say thank you!
I still run and my body feels good and free – I am glad I met you when I did when I was starting to wreck my body with the running rather than open it.
I hope all is well with you.
Best wishes”