Now to examine the question of putting Sādhana and Siddhi together……

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“Now to examine the question of putting Sādhana and Siddhi together.
In brief there are different levels of Siddhi and different possibilities of Sādhana.
How to develop the Sādhana and how to get the best out of the Sādhana and the Siddhi?
TKV Desikachar France 1983

Movement from one high state of distraction to a lesser state……

“Movement from one high state of distraction to
a lesser state of distraction is also a Siddhi.
First state I am disturbed and don’t know anything.
Second state still disturbed but know why I am disturbed.
However I want to go further to a state where no disturbances.”
TKV Desikachar France 1983

Another important point is that these Sādhana have steps……

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“Another important point is that these Sādhana have steps.
One can go from one Siddhi to another Siddhi.
Each step of Sādhana is also a Siddhi.
On that premise Yoga Citta Vṛtti Nirodha is at every step a Sādhana and a Siddhi.”
TKV Desikachar France 1983

Union of Jīvātman and Paramātman is a Siddhi not a Sādhana……

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“Union of Jīva Ātman and Parama Ātman is a Siddhi not a Sādhana when it is felt or realised.
If this is clear then Rāja Yoga is a Siddhi.
However one has to work for it in Sādhana.
Anything that takes you in this direction is a Sādhana.”
– TKV Desikachar France 1983

Samatvam (Equanimity) is a Siddhi……

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Samatvam is a Siddhi.
Because it is a state already achieved.”
– TKV Desikachar France August 1983

Amongst the powerful definitions of Yoga in the Bhagavad Gītā……

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Amongst the powerful definitions of Yoga in the Bhagavad Gītā,
Chapter Two verse 48 defines Yoga as Samatvam or equanimity.
My teacher described it as:
“When acting responsibly within our Dharma,
there is no attachment to the fruits.”

Another Siddhi is Haṭha Yoga……

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“Another Siddhi is Haṭha Yoga.
Instead of energy going here and there,
it is right where it should be in the top of the head.
Haṭha Yoga – Equipoise of energy.”
TKV Desikachar France 1983

Let us go into Siddhi, here the important word is Samādhi……

Picture courtesy of KYM Archives

Picture courtesy of KYM Archives

“Let us go into Siddhi, here the important word is Samādhi.
Unless we are born like that, then it’s a Siddhi, Samādhi is a Siddhi.
When we are in a state of absorption in something we are in Samādhi.
After which we appreciate the object in question and understand it more clearly.”
– TKV Desikachar France 1983

To do something so what in you is not lost is also Sādhana.

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“To do something so what in you is not lost is also Sādhana.”
TKV Desikachar France 1983

Sādhana implies a process of achieving what I do not have……

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Sādhana implies a process of achieving what I do not have.
Once it is achieved it is a Siddhi.”
TKV Desikachar France 1983

Is it possible for you to understand the difference between Sādhana……

“Is it possible for you to understand the difference between Sādhana and Siddhi?”
TKV Desikachar France 1983

Yoga is when different actions are done……

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“Yoga is when different actions are done.
You think and act with proper investigation.
How do you feel at the end of the action?
Do you feel quite good?
Is this Sādhana or Siddhi?”
TKV Desikachar France 1983

Often when we are talking about Yoga we are not sure whether we……

Often when we are talking about Yoga we are not sure whether we are talking about Sādhana or Siddhi

“Often when we are talking about Yoga
we are not sure whether we are talking about Sādhana or Siddhi.”
TKV Desikachar France 1983

Huge variety of Krishnamacharya`s teachings

Huge variety of Krishnamacharya`s teachings

Srivatsa Ramaswami (born 1939 in Madras, Tamil Nadu, India) was a student of Shri T Krishnamacharya and studied under him for 33 years, from 1955 until 1988 shortly before Krishnamacharya’s passing.
He is Krishnamacharya’s longest-standing student outside of Krishnamacharya’s immediate family.
Нe currently lives and teaches in the U.S.

– Interview with Srivatsa Ramaswami by Yuri Sharonin of Wild Yogi

Words have meanings based on roots and on usage……

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“Words have meanings based on roots and on usage, its origin and how it is utilised.
Yoga is a good example of a word based on its original meaning and convention.”
TKV Desikachar France 1983

Even though we feel good about Yoga and we have some……

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“Even though we feel good about Yoga and we have some understanding,
we have problems relating this to others.
Even before saying anything they have one idea or another.
We have problems communicating with people when it comes to Yoga.
Not so with Art, etc.”
TKV Desikachar France 1983

A Yoga Practice given to TKV Desikachar when 25 years old……

A Yoga Practice given to TKV Desikachar when 25 years old by his father T Krishnamacharya.

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This picture shows BKS Iyengar demonstrating Āsana at an event……

This picture shows BKS Iyengar demonstrating Āsana at an event in Chennai in June 1980 where he was invited to give a Yoga lecture and Āsana demonstration in a tribute to his Guru T Krishnamacharya. I remember he introduced his presentation with the words “I am an artist and I am going to show you my art”.

108 Chanting Practice Pointers – 2 – A day of clear clear blue, no past no future, just the present……

A day of clear clear blue, no past no future,
just the present with the clarity of the sun permeating every molecule of the sky.

Brings to Mind the Gāyatrī Mantra:

tat savitur vareṇiyaṃ
That sun most excellent
bhargo devasya dhīmahi |
on the radiance of the Divine I meditate |
dhiyo yo naḥ pracodayāt ||
wisdom may (that radiance) our impel ||

I meditate on the divine radiance
of the most excellent sun.
May it impel my wisdom.

Link to Series: 108 Chanting Practice Pointers

TKV and Menaka Desikachar’s children circa 1980……

TKV and Menaka Desikachar’s children circa 1980 all now parents themselves with a son for Bushan (b1970), a daughter for Kausthub (b1975) and a daughter for Mekhala (b1978).