From Krishnamacharya’s commentary on the Yoga Sūtra

Picture courtesy of KYM Archives

Picture courtesy of KYM Archives

“Sages say that the fruits of this vine are three
wisdom, wealth and Joy.
Those free of desire pick wisdom
Those full of desire pick money
Those full of devotion pick the fruit of joy.

These are what the world is seeking
whether rushing forth or keeping still
But once you know the essence
of this triple bearing vine
There is no need to choose among its flavours.

Bhīṣma said Yoga’s lord is Kṛṣṇa,
beloved of all the gods
Patañjali said hold back your mind to silence the din
Nāthamuni, too, said follow the Yoga path
away from sickness, ignorance and fear.

I remember the friend of Yogavalli – Nārāyaṇa
four armed friend with bow, sword, club, discus and conch.”

– From T Krishnamacharya’s commentary on the Yoga Sūtra known as Yogavallī

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The model of the Nāḍī and Cakra can never help to explain……

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The human energetic system is very complex and it is even harder to understand the mind, the structure, the limitations and possibilities, the relationship with the body and vice versa.

On the other hand, we can easily say to someone that there are seven Cakra, that they are like this or that, that there are found here or there in the body etc in all simplicity. But we must be aware if we do that we haven’t really said anything, and the person will not be any the wiser.

The risk of confusion is even greater when we try to show the model of the Cakra scientifically, or to give spiritual characteristics some sort of scientific basis. Some try to do this, by linking Mūladhāra with the kidneys or the sacral plexus, or Viśuddhi with the thyroid, etc.

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Learning Support for Chanting Closing Śānti Pataḥ – Śaṃ No Mitra

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Learning Support for Chanting the Closing Śānti Pataḥ for Taittirīya Upaniṣad Chapter 1 verse 12
– Śaṃ No Mitra
From my personal library of recordings from my studies with my teacher TKV Desikachar recorded by one of his senior chant students Sujaya Sridhar.
To Download or Listen
To Download the Chant Sheet with Romanised Saṃskṛta and Notations

Learning Support for Chanting Opening Śānti Pataḥ – Śaṃ No Mitra

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Learning Support for Chanting the Opening Śānti Pataḥ for Taittirīya Upaniṣad Chapter 1 verse 1
– Śaṃ No Mitra
From my personal library of recordings from my studies with my teacher TKV Desikachar recorded by one of his senior chant students Sujaya Sridhar.
To Download or Listen
To Download the Chant Sheet with Romanised Saṃskṛta and Notations

T Krishnamacharya and his Yoga – An evolution 1920’s – 1989

TK_teaching_stages_evolutionIn 2000 TKV Desikachar presented teachings around the evolution of T Krishnamacharya’s Yoga teaching.
The above summary is available as a Downloadable PDF.

Yoga Sūtra on Stress – An interview with TKV Desikachar

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– Interview with TKV Desikachar by AV Balasubramanian and Paul Harvey
Downloadable as a PDF
– Originally published in KYM Darśanam February 1995.

On Sūtra and Sūtrakara

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Picture courtesy of KYM Archives

Excerpts from an essay by T Krishnamacharya Downloadable as a PDF.
Summarised and translated from the Saṃskṛta essay of T Krishnamacharya composed in January 1981, by TKV Desikachar and Sujaya Sridhar.
Originally published in KYM Darśanam February 1991.

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Learning Support for Chanting the Śuci Mantra or Prāṇa Apāna – Normal speed

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Taken from the Taittirīya Upaniṣad Chapter Four verses 67-77, this Mantra was one of T Krishnamacharya’s personal favourites.
Sometimes known as an Ārogya Mantra or Mantra for Health, Krishnamacharya referred to it as the Śuci Mantra or Mantra for Purification and as such should be recited daily as part of our personal Sādhana.
According to Krishnamacharya the verses in the Śuci Mantra describe all the aspects of the human system, which when listed total 108.
The download link is for a normal speed version of the Śuci Mantra and is from my personal library of recordings from my studies with my teacher TKV Desikachar and he recorded it for me with one of his senior chant students Sujaya Sridhar.
To Download the Chant Sheet with Romanised Saṃskṛta, translation and Chant Notation

Learning Support for Chanting the Śuci Mantra or Prāṇa Apāna – Slow speed

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Taken from the Taittirīya Upaniṣad Chapter 4 verse 67-77, this Mantra was one of T Krishnamacharya’s personal favourites.
Sometimes known as an Ārogya Mantra or Mantra for Health, Krishnamacharya referred to it as the Śuci Mantra or Mantra for Purification and as such should be recited daily as part of our personal Sādhana.
According to Krishnamacharya the verses in the Śuci Mantra describe all the aspects of the human system, which when listed total 108.
The download link is for a slower speed (to help with learning) version of the Śuci Mantra and is from my personal library of recordings from my studies with my teacher TKV Desikachar and he recorded it for me with one of his senior chant students Sujaya Sridhar.
To Download the Chant Sheet with Romanised Saṃskṛta, translation and Chant Notation

Āsana demonstration from Yogāsanagalu by T Krishnamacharya

A selection of Āsana from the book Yogāsanagalu by written by T Krishnamacharya in 1941.
The third edition, published in 1972, contained Āsana demonstration pictures of Krishnamacharya then aged 84.
Featured in this post are examples of Seated Āsana, click to enlarge image or view as a slide show:

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Learning Support for Chanting Yoga Sūtra Chapter One v1-11 with Krama

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A self-learning suggestion to help train your ear and tongue is offered below with a Yoga Sūtra chant offering an introduction to the first four verses in each of the four chapters.

The chanting here, recorded at a 2007 Postgraduate Programme Summer Retreat. is arranged in a developmental sequence that offers a progressive review of these 11 verses and now requires nearly 80 lines of chanting to complete what would normally be done in 12 lines.
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To Download the Chant Sheet in Romanised Saṃskṛta with Notations

Learning Support for Chanting the Gītārtha Saṃgraha of Śrī Yāmunācārya

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 Śrī Yāmuna was the grandson of the 9th century sage Śrī Nāthamuni
and a forebear of T Krishnamacharya.
His 32 verse commentary on the Bhagavad Gītā is called the Gītārtha Saṃgraha.
It is seen as one of the most elegant and succinct available.
From my personal library of recordings of my teacher.
To Download or Listen
To Download the Chant Sheet with Romanised Saṃskṛta

Learning Support for Chanting Dhyānaṃ Ślokam for Patañjali

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From my personal library of recordings of my teacher.
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To Download the Chant Sheet with Romanised Saṃskṛta and Chant Notation
To View or Download translations of the prayers that comprise the Dhyānaṃ Ślokam for Patañjali.

The Cakra are points of concentration for the mind.

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“The Cakra are points of concentration for the mind.”
– ‘Concerning the Cakra’ by TKV Desikachar

Simple Yoga Practice from Yoga For Every Body by Paul Harvey

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Came across this simple beginners practice plan from the book ‘Yoga For Every Body’, published in 2002.
Although well out of print used copies can be had from Amazon in the US or UK at budget prices.
2014 will also see chapters from the book published as support articles for Practitioners.
Download Practice as a PDF.

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Learning Support for Chanting the Prārthanā Ślokam Opening Prayers

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Learning Support for Prārthanā Ślokam or Vedic Chanting Opening Prayers (short version).
– The Dhyānam Ślokam here were taught by T Krishnamacharya and transmitted to me by TKV Desikachar with the addition of a prayer that is a homage to Krishnamachrya.

From my personal library of recordings from my studies with my teacher TKV Desikachar recorded by one of his senior chant students Sujaya Sridhar.
To Download or Listen
To Download the Chant Sheet with Romanised Saṃskṛta and Chant Notation

Prārthanā Ślokam – Vedic Chanting Opening Prayers full version

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Traditionally chanting practice or textual study was preceded with an invocatory passage to help forge a link between the chanters, what is about to be chanted and its purport, as well as setting a context for textual study.

Thus each area of Study that the teacher and student were about to venture into were preceded by an appropriate Dhyānam Ślokam, or set of verses that specifically linked the chanters with the study.

Therefore if the opening verses would differ according to whether the focus was Veda Chanting or Study, the Upaniṣat, the Bhagavad Gītā, the Yoga Sūtra, etc.

The Dhyānam Ślokam here were taught by T Krishnamacharya and is the long form transmitted to me by TKV Desikachar which includes two prayers relating to the Krishnamacharya family lineage and spiritual tradition.

View or Download Vedic Chant Opening Prayers Full version with Chant notations as a PDF (version 6.1 December 2013)

Prārthanā Ślokam – Vedic Chanting Opening Prayers short version

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Traditionally chanting practice or textual study was preceded with an invocatory passage to help forge a link between the chanters, what is about to be chanted and its purport, as well as setting a context for textual study.

Thus each area of Study that the teacher and student were about to venture into were preceded by an appropriate Dhyānam Ślokam, or set of verses that specifically linked the chanters with the study.

Therefore the opening verses would differ according to whether the focus was Veda Chanting or Study, the Upaniṣat, the Bhagavad Gītā, the Yoga Sūtra, etc.

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Learning Support for Chanting the Śānti Pataḥ – Saha Nāvavatu

Desikachar and Paul Chanting in 1999

Traditionally textual study or chanting practice was preceded and ended with a Śānti Pataḥ or invocatory passage to help forge a link between the chanters, what is chanted and its purport, as well as setting a context for textual study.

This chant is where the teacher and the pupil chant together asking for harmonious co-operation within a context of keen and vigorous exploration of what is and especially what isn’t the self and the non-self. A topic fraught with potential resistances and self-illusion.

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Sāṃkhya arguments against the existence of God……

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According to Nandala Sinha (Sāṃkhya Philosophy 1915), the following arguments were given by the Sāṃkhya philosophers against the idea of an eternal, self-caused, creator God:

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