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

At what age can one start practicing Yogāsana?

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Childrens Āsana Class with Desikachar Madras 1980

Question to T Krishnamacharya –
Q: At what age can one start practicing Yogāsana?
A: A person is fit to practice when they can eat by themselves.
– Śrī Krishnamacharya – The Pūrnācārya – published by the KYM in 1997

What must form an essential part of a person’s daily practice?

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Question to T Krishnamacharya –

Q: What must form an essential part of a person’s daily practice?
A: A minimum of ten minutes in Antaḥ TrāṭakamṢat Mukhī Mudrā
or Mahā Mudrā is essential.
– Śrī Krishnamacharya – The Pūrnācārya – published by the KYM in 1997

What good is the sword of wisdom (Jñāna Asinā)……

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“What good is the sword of wisdom (Jñāna Asinā),
to cut away the chains of doubt (Saṃśaya),
if the holder is too weak to bear it.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on the Bhagavad Gītā Chapter 4 verse 42

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

Sample Practice by T Krishnamacharya for a student with diabetes……

TK_Diabetes_PracticeA handwritten copy of a sample Practice by T Krishnamacharya for a student with diabetes.
It was shared with me by TKV Desikachar from his father’s teaching files.
Download or view this practice as a PDF

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

One could say that I have taught Yoga to hundreds of people……

Picture courtesy of KYM Archives

Picture courtesy of KYM Archives

“One could say, of course, that I have taught Yoga to hundreds of people, of different ages, states, origins, but by Yoga I mean only postures and breath control, and do not count meditation or interpretation of the texts.

These I have only taught to a few people and only to those I deemed worthy after several interviews, designed to give me an idea of their personality and the firmness of their intentions.

I discouraged those who appeared to have superficial reasons for learning Yoga, but never those who came to find me because of health problems, and who had frequently been turned away by the medical profession.”

– From interviews with T Krishnamacharya by Sarah Dars, published in Viniyoga Review no 24, December 1989

As for pulse taking, this is considered by Āyurveda to be a method of confirming a diagnosis……

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“As for pulse taking,
this is considered by Āyurveda to be a method of confirming a diagnosis,
which has been formed from listening to the voice,
watching the posture, the eyes, the colour of the skin,
the quality of the energy, and interviewing the patient.”
– T Krishnamacharya

There are now several hundred Yoga Sūtra quotes so far……

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There are now several hundred quotes so far on the Yoga Sūtra from TKV Desikachar and T Krishnamacharya accumulating as posts over the past 4 years of the websites blog life.

Alongside this is the completion of the building of the online verse by verse Yoga Sūtra reference bank with its searchable word by word index database and cross-reference live links.

The next phase has now commenced with the integration of the array of quotes from T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar as commentarial links extending the translation of each Sūtra.

For example Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 20 now has commentarial quotes added, along with live links to other reference points. Obviously this takes time to link the existing material plus continuing to add the many hundreds of quotes still within my notes, but happy that this next stage is finally under way.

More stages cross-linking the Yoga Sūtra with other important texts around Yoga yet to be announced.

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

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