Trying to escape from Saṃskāra only increases their power

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T Krishnamacharya at 91

‎”Trying to escape from Saṃskāra only increases their power and,
in addition, leads to the acquisition of still more Saṃskāra.”
– T Krishnamacharya commenting on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 18

The term Atha signifies auspicious beginning, uninterrupted continuity and an appropriate end.

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T Krishnamacharya Chanting aged 92

‎”The term Atha signifies auspicious beginning, uninterrupted continuity and an appropriate end.”
– T Krishnamacharya commenting on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 1

Another aspect of Atha is Saṃkalpa……

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‎”Another aspect of Atha is Saṃkalpa, which in the Vedic Tradition is the decision to initiate something important and to ensure that it is completed at any cost, without distraction or deviation.”
– T Krishnamacharya commenting on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 1

In order to discipline the mind we need to develop a mental practice……

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“In order to discipline the mind,
we need to develop a mental practice that clearly reveals the distinction
between the nature of spirit and matter.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 12

Anubhūta is the change that occurs in one’s state of mind……

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Anubhūta is the change that occurs in one’s state of mind
when it is related to external objects through the involvement of the senses.
This is also known as experience.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 11

The association with the world full of form and change starts with the mind……

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“The association with the world full of form and change starts with the mind.
Suffering caused because of this association is an eye opener.
Who is suffering?
Who is recognising it?
What can release this suffering?
All these questions exist because of this association,
even though it may often be painful
– T Krishnamacharya on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 23

Yoga is a Saṃskāra in that it equips us to realise our greatest potential……

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”Yoga is a Saṃskāra in that it equips us to realise our greatest potential.
If we wish, it can prepare us for and lead us to the beatitude of the divine presence.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 1

Different Yoga practices are meant to prepare a person towards Dhyānam.

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“Different Yoga practices are meant to prepare a person towards Dhyānam.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 21

Who is suffering?……

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“Who is suffering?
Who is recognising it?
What can release this suffering?”
– T Krishnamacharya on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 23

Apart from right food other activities like travel to holy places……

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“Apart from right food other activities like travel to holy places,
giving away gifts to the needy are also part of Tapaḥ.”
– T Krishnamacharya on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 1

The power of Īśvara alone ensures success……

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“With faith in Īśvara, the master of the whole universe,
regularly offering prayers.
Whether it is Tapas, Svādhyāya or Īśvara Praṇidhānā,
the power of Īśvara alone ensures success.”
– T Krishnamacharya on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 1

Our journey to our roots is Svādhyāya……

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“The study that helps us to know where we are from and what progress we have achieved.
In short, our journey to our roots is Svādhyāya.
There are many means. Vedic chant where the student repeats exactly how the teacher recites the text is one. The means should respect our culture.
It must help explore our own background, our strengths and weaknesses and our progress.
Even a good teacher can be a mirror, a Svādhyāya.”
– T Krishnamacharya on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 1

Our mind is like our food……

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“The whole system functions on the strength of mind.
Mind is affected by what we eat.
‘Our mind is like our food‘.
Tapaḥ is to discipline our eating habits.”
– T Krishnamacharya on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 1

Through devotion and surrender to Īśvara……

Through devotion and surrender to Īśvara

“Through devotion and surrender to Īśvara
and by following the eight limbs of Aṣṭāṅga Yoga,
the benefits of Samādhi are realised with as little effort
as it takes to hold a pea in the palm of your hand.”
– T Krishnamacharya on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 24

The greatness of Patañjali is to look at Duḥkha as the stepping stone to success.

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“The greatness of Patañjali is to look at Duḥkha as the stepping stone to success.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra C2 v16

In Veda, Āyurveda and Yoga Sūtra, various techniques are offered to……

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“In VedaĀyurveda and Yoga Sūtra, various techniques are offered to aid in healing the sick. In addition to herbs and medicines, Patañjali suggests that ĀsanaPrāṇāyāma and Vairāgya are particularly beneficial and, as any medicine, should be used with care and discipline.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 34

The continuity of Dhyānam is compared to a flame which is free from wind.

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“The continuity of Dhyānam is compared to a flame which is free from wind.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 43

Until a person has reached a state of Nirvicārā Samādhi life……

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“Until a person has reached a state of Nirvicārā Samādhi life continues to be a mystery.
Whatever he may achieve or know of the world or even of the cosmos, we are ignorant of our own self.
How little we can predict about ourselves, our future, our moods.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 47

There are two types of Yogis…….

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“There are two types of Yogis.
The first, Bubhukṣu, are Yogis who seek material benefits through Samādhi.
This Sūtra speaks about the second type, the Mumukṣu,
who do not seek material benefits.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 20

This Sūtra presents the quality of persons who accept nothing less…..

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“This Sūtra presents the quality of persons who accept nothing less than complete freedom from all sorts of bondage.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 20

Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra looks at the world as real……

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“Another aspect of Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra
is that he looks at the world as real.
It is Sat. It is not Asat.
It is not a mirage.
Even the mirage is real.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 42

They will, at the proper time of day and in an appropriate place….

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“They will, at the proper time of day and in an appropriate place,
sit and watch the idol until they can completely recall the image without having to look at it.
This ability will help the person overcome the distractions from different sources
when they sit for contemplation on Īśvara.”
T Krishnamacharya commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 42

When impurities disturb the heart, one feel restricted and unable to move.

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“When impurities disturb the heart,
one feels restricted and unable to move.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 31

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Kleśa are not always dominant. Through Kriyā Yoga……

Kleśa are not always dominant.
Through Kriyā Yoga they become weaker and weaker.
How is it possible to completely subdue them?
No mental effort can help as Mind is the storehouse of the Kleśa.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 10

It is Paramparā alone that ensures that words of the texts are interpreted correctly.

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“There is no question that Guru Paramparā is essential for proper teaching,
understanding and practice of all Śāstra, whether Yoga, Veda or Vedāṅga.
It is Paramparā alone that ensures that words of the texts are interpreted correctly.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 20

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