108 Teaching Path Pointers – 3 – Śavāsana is a recovery from the fatigue of practice……

savasana

Śavāsana is a recovery from the fatigue of practice,
rather than a recovery from the fatigue of Saṃsāra.

Link to Series: 108 Teaching Path Pointers

Śikṣaṇa has different Krama which can be looked into……

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Śikṣaṇa has different Krama which can be looked into.
For example Sṛṣṭi Krama to grow, create, develop – physically or mentally.
In some situations Sṛṣṭi Krama is more important.
For example in Āsana, ideas of relaxation not valid.
So more work, more strength, more activity.”
– TKV Desikachar France 1983

Saṃyama can be on……

samyama

Saṃyama can be on the physical, as in Hasta on the strength of an elephant.
Or Saṃyama on Saṃskāra,
an investigation of mental tendencies leading to an understanding of past traits.
Or on Grahaṇa,
going into the idea of how the senses hold objects,
what is the basis inside for sense perceptions.
This leads to Indriya Jaya.
Patañjali is giving indications that these practices are possible.
Īśvara Praṇidhāna is quoted more than once, through investigation of this idea he tells us that it is this that makes a person aware of their true self
– Tataḥ Pratyak Cetanā Adhigamaḥ (YS Chapter One verse 29).
Sādhana can be physical, senses, mental, spiritual.”
TKV Desikachar France 1983

What is the greatest obstacle to meditation?

dhyana

“Question: What is the greatest obstacle to meditation?”
TKV Desikachar Madras December 19th 1988

Does the object of meditation affect the ‘I’?

dhyeya

Question: Does the object of meditation affect the ‘I’?
“The characteristics of the object go into the meditator.
The Dhyeya (object or question) is very important,
it influences the meditator,
for whatever one is linked to,
its through the mind.”
– TKV Desikachar Madras 1988

A Prāṇāyāma Practice that was passed onto me many decades ago as……

A Prāṇāyāma Practice passed onto me many decades ago as a Pakkā (Pukka) teaching from Pattabhi Jois:
1. Inhale-Exhale Deeply – 5 Breaths
2. Inhale-Exhale Stop 20″ – 3 Breaths
3. Inhale Hold 30″ Exhale – 3 Breaths
4. Inhale-Exhale Deeply – 5 Breaths
5. Inhale Hold 20″ Exhale Stop 20″ – 2 Rounds N.S.
6. Inhale R Hold 20″ Exhale R Stop 20″ – 3 Breaths
7. Inhale L Hold 20″ Exhale L Stop 20″ – 3 Breaths
8. Inhale-Exhale Deeply – 5 Breaths
9. Bhastrika 50 breaths + 15″ Hold
10. Inhale-Exhale Deeply – 5 Breaths
11. Inhale R Hold 60″ Exhale L – 3 Breaths
12. Inhale L Hold 60″ Exhale R – 3 Breaths
13. Inhale Hold 60″ Exhale – 1 Round N.S.
14. Inhale-Exhale Deeply – 5 Breaths
15. Śītalī + 15″ Hold
16.  Inhale-Exhale Deeply 5 Breaths
Certainly a practice that fulfils the meaning of Pakkā (cooked, ripe, fully formed) in terms of intensity and length.

I do not reject the concept of meditation without a question for inquiry……

dhyeya

“I do not reject the concept of meditation without a question for inquiry or an object for meditation,
but how, given the previous definition of meditation,
could we explain the absence of a question or an object in this scheme?
Certainly, if the ‘I’ is not there, there can be no meditation.
Many heads have rolled on this question of objectless meditation and I want to save my head.
It may be possible to meditate without an object but,
personally, I am skeptical that one can.”
TKV Desikachar Madras December 19th 1988

108 Dhāraṇā Practice Pointers – 1 – Interesting to observe myself saying ‘hello old friend’ as……

Interesting to observe myself saying ‘hello old friend’
as I take up my Dhyāna Pīṭham.

Link to Series: 108 Dhāraṇā Practice Pointers

When an object is invisible, it is not invisible because it is not there……

visaya

“When an object is invisible,
it is not invisible because it is not there,
but because something hides it.
What you seek may be next door,
but you won’t find it precisely because it is next door.”
TKV Desikachar Madras December 19th 1988

According to Patañjali, comprehension is dependent opon two things……

apeksa

“According to Patañjali (Yoga Sūtra C4 v17), comprehension is dependent upon two things:
1. Your interest
and
2. The proximity of the object.
Apekṣā is the interest of the Puruṣa for the object.
The success of Dhyāna depends on the force (Śakti) of the Puruṣa
that pushes the mind to direct itself towards an object.
Without interest, there is no question and no answer.
If you have the interest, you will discover the proximity.”
TKV Desikachar Madras December 19th 1988

How does the ‘I’ influence Dhyāna?

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Question: How does the ‘I’ influence Dhyāna?
“Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra, which describes every aspect of mental activity,
provides an answer to this question…….”
TKV Desikachar Madras December 19th 1988

Yoga and the 21st Century – Interview with TKV Desikachar May 1999

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YOGA AND THE 21st CENTURY

TKV Desikachar was in Narbonne, in the South of France, for a symposium on “Yoga and the XXIst Century” during May 1999. The purpose of the symposium was to consider the role of yoga for the coming century in the three fields of Health, Psychology and Spirituality.

The following interview is an introductory presentation.

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Relationships 
are
 going 
to
 be 
very 
important……

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“Relationships 
are
 going 
to
 be 
very 
important.
This
 means 
that
 a 
teacher 
has 
to 
be 
very
 careful,
because 
the 
moment 
a 
student 
likes 
a teacher,
there
 is 
a 
risk 
that 
the 
teacher 
will
 be 
considered 
as
their 
husband, 
or 
wife, 
or
 father, 
or 
guru, 
or
 whatever.
”
TKV Desikachar France May 1999

Download PDF of Interview with TKV Desikachar on Yoga in 
the
 
fields 
of 
Health,
 Psychology 
and
 Spirituality.

Patañjali
 was 
very 
prophetic, 
because 
he spoke
 not 
only
 of……

Patañjali
 was 
very 
prophetic,
because 
he spoke
 not 
only
 of 
yesterday’s 
mind,
but 
also
 of
 tomorrow’s.
His 
message 
concerns 
clarity,
and it 
will 
become 
more 
and 
more 
pertinent
 as
 time 
goes 
by,
because 
people 
are 
now
 questioning 
much 
more 
than
 before.”
TKV Desikachar France May 1999

The Press tells us that over 20 million Americans ‘practice’ Yoga……

The Press tells us that over 20 million Americans ‘practice’ Yoga (and in the process spend 10.3 billion $ annually!). I wonder what that statistic, oft promoted as a success statement for Yoga, really means?

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 4 – The Yoga Sūtra become as if metaphysical Mantra when……

The Yoga Sūtra become as if metaphysical Mantra,
when they can be an internal intonation,
as well as an external edification.
– Reflection on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 28

Link to Series: 108 Sutra Study Pointers

108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 3 – Avidyā is the illusion of recognising the……

avidya

Avidyā is the illusion of recognising:
the ephemeral as the eternal,
the profane as the profound,
pain as pleasure and
the silhouette as the source.
– Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

Link to Series: 108 Sutra Study Pointers

Once again, let me remind you that Dhyāna is……

dhyana

“Once again, let me remind you that Dhyāna is:
1. The ability to establish a contact with an object.
2. The ability to prolong this contact so as to create a link both ways.”
TKV Desikachar Madras December 19th 1988

Since Dhyāna cannot occur without an object of concentration……

dhyana

“Since Dhyāna cannot occur without an object of concentration,
there must be an area (Deśa) where you fix your mind.
So, first you have to fix or bind (Bandha) your mind on a particular place (Deśa), a chosen object; this is known as (Deśa Bandha as in YS C3 v1).
And second, the mind should establish a relationship with this object which should last, at least, for a moment.”
TKV Desikachar Madras December 19th 1988

Perhaps the best explanation of Dhyāna is given by Patañjali in……

dhyana

“Perhaps the best explanation of Dhyāna is given by Patañjali in the Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verses One and Two, where he states that one must first fix the question (Dhāraṇā) and then link to it (Dhyāna).
One who is not able to fix the question is not able to succeed in Dhyāna.”
TKV Desikachar Madras December 19th 1988