108 Dhāraṇā Practice Pointers – 2 – Some days my Dhyānam Sādhana is akin to……

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Some days my Dhyānam Sādhana is akin to sailing in the Aegean at sunset,
on others its more akin to slogging through mud at midnight.
Either way its just practice.

Link to Series: 108 Dhāraṇā Practice Pointers

In the West whilst they don’t accept authority, they would like to be……

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“In the West whilst they don’t accept authority,
they would like to be the authority.”
– TKV Desikachar Madras 1998

Learning Support for Chanting the Āyurdhehi Mantra.

Learning Support for Chanting the Taittirīya Āraṇyaka 4.2 – Āyurdhehi Mantra.
From my personal library of recordings from my studies with my teacher TKV Desikachar.
This particular recording is with one of my learning support Chant teachers Sujaya Sridhar.
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To Download the Chant Sheet with Notations and translation

Synchronicity and Serial Guru Monogomy

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Posting the above picture on my Facebook and Twitter pages yesterday as part of a series of visual reflections on life in India from the early 1980’s reminded me of a story behind this particular shot.

It was 1983 and I was teaching one of my group classes just prior to leaving for a personal study sojourn in Madras with Desikachar.

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Strange to find my bananas enveloped by Yoga teachings on vinyāsa krama.

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I was shopping one day at my favourite fruit stall in Adyar one day in 1980, in the days prior to such things as plastic bags, plastic bottles, etc.

So my fruit was put into paper bags and as she handed them to me I noticed that they had been handmade from someones old A4 notes written in a distinctive green ink.

S’funny I thought, as that looks familiar writing/drawing and sure enough it was my own notes from my personal lessons with Desikachar.

Somehow my original notes had worked their way from being written up by me, to the waste paper basket in my apartment, and via my cook, to a paper bag maker, to be resold to the street vendors.

A curious juxtaposition to find my bananas enveloped by Yoga teachings on vinyāsa krama.

Doubt burns up everything, including the doubter……

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Doubt burns up everything, including the doubter.
To banish it bow down to the Lord.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 5

Learning Support for Chanting the Mṛtyuñjaya Mantra – Om Tryambakam

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Learning Support for Chanting the Taittirīya Saṃhitā 5.4.12 – Mṛtyuñjaya Mantra – Om Tryambakam Saṃhitā Pāṭhaḥ
From my personal library of recordings of my teacher.
To Download or Listen
To Download the Chant Sheet in Romanised Saṃskṛta with Notations
View or Download a Translation of this Mantra as a PDF

Look sharp, a vagrant mind will lead you astray

Picture courtesy of KYM Archives

Picture courtesy of KYM Archives

“Look sharp, a vagrant mind will lead you astray.
Practice, pay attention and be amazed.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra C1 v5

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Stay lean and keep the fire going in your belly……

Picture courtesy of KYM Archives

Picture courtesy of KYM Archives

“With discipline and modest fare.
Stay lean and keep the fire going in your belly.
Think of God and repeat his words – silently and out loud.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra C1 v5

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T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra C1 v5

Picture courtesy of KYM Archives

Picture courtesy of KYM Archives

“If you want to be happy take up Yoga.
If you don’t, don’t.
Follow your Dharma.
Stay where you belong.
Sing songs and thank the sun every day.”
T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra C1 v5

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Śraddhā can’t be taught, but can be kindled.

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Śraddhā can’t be taught,
but can be kindled.”
– From my notes studying Taittirīyra Upaniṣad Chapter Three verse 5 with TKV Desikachar

108 Study Path Pointers – 6 – What does reflecting on our relationship with Manomaya reveal?

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What does reflecting on our relationship with Manomaya reveal?
In other words what relationship do we have with our Saṃskāra or habitual patterns?
– Taittirīya Upaniṣad Chapter Three Bhṛguvallī verse 3

Link to Series: 108 Study Path Pointers

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.
To Download or Listen
To Download the Chant Sheet in Romanised Saṃskṛta with Notations

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

Link to Series: 108 Study Path Pointers

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

Link to Series: 108 Study Path Pointers

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.
To Download or Listen
To Download the Chant Sheet in Romanised Saṃskṛta with Notations

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