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

Strongest memory is of that which is introduced when one is young.

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“Strongest memory is of that which is introduced when one is young.”
– T Krishnamacharya

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

During such a moment, without distractions……

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“During such a moment, without distractions,
the power of the source of perception,
full of clarity and completeness, shines forth.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 3

If you want to be happy take up Yoga……

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“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.

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.

Look sharp, a vagrant mind will lead you astray.
Practice, pay attention and be amazed.

Doubt burns up everything, including the doubter.
To banish it bow down to the Lord.”

– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra C1 v5

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From Krishnamacharya’s commentary on the Yoga Sūtra

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“Sages say that the fruits of this vine are three
wisdom, wealth and Joy.
Those free of desire pick wisdom
Those full of desire pick money
Those full of devotion pick the fruit of joy.

These are what the world is seeking
whether rushing forth or keeping still
But once you know the essence
of this triple bearing vine
There is no need to choose among its flavours.

Bhīṣma said Yoga’s lord is Kṛṣṇa,
beloved of all the gods
Patañjali said hold back your mind to silence the din
Nāthamuni, too, said follow the Yoga path
away from sickness, ignorance and fear.

I remember the friend of Yogavalli – Nārāyaṇa
four armed friend with bow, sword, club, discus and conch.”

– From T Krishnamacharya’s commentary on the Yoga Sūtra known as Yogavallī

Abhyāsa is the practice that leads to Viveka……

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Abhyāsa is the practice that leads to Viveka,
the state which there are no external distractions to prevent clear perception.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 14

Abhyāsa, when performed with reverence, without interruption, over……

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Abhyāsa, when performed with reverence,
without interruption,
over a long period of time,
will result in a healthy body, acute senses and extraordinary alertness.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 14

Abhiniveśā is the extra-ordinairy instinctive urge to survive at any cost……

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Abhiniveśā is the extra-ordinairy instinctive urge to survive at any cost.
No one is spared. In a way it is a dislike about one’s death.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 9

Because of the proximity of Citta and Puruṣa……

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“Similarly, because of the proximity of Citta and Puruṣa,
what is the quality of one is taken to be of the other.
In our convention they are often taken as one and not two distinct entities with different natures.
This state is Asmitā.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra C2 v6

Citta and Puruṣa are distinct……

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Citta and Puruṣa are distinct.
They are in association like heat and water.
Water which is cold becomes warm in association with heat.
Then we use the term hot water.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra C2 v6

What is the true nature of the Citta?

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“What is the true nature of the Citta?”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra C1 v6

It is through Praṇavo Japam that the true nature of the Jīva is realised.

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“It is through Praṇavo Japam that the true nature of the Jīva is realised.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra C1 v29

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

Look sharp, a vagrant mind will lead you astray

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

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

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“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

If you have learned something really well……

If you have learned something really well

“If you have learned something really well,
then the way you express it will not be the same way you learned it.”
– T Krishnamacharya

Haṭha Yoga is Prāṇāyāma.

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“Haṭha Yoga is Prāṇāyāma.”
– Śrī T Krishnamacharya

Teach what is inside you……

Teach what is inside you.

“Teach what is inside you.
Not as it applies to you, to yourself,
but as it applies to the other.”
– Śrī T Krishnamacharya

A Yogi is never surprised.

Quoted to me by TKV Desikachar as from his father T Krishnamacharya

“A Yogi is never surprised.”

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