108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 125 – In our journey towards foresight…

In our journey towards foresight
lies the quandary of whether we can
grasp our past sufferings positively,
or be negatively held within their clasp.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 16

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 124 – Moha is the delusion of expressing what is an opinion as if…

Moha is a state of delusion, such as expressing
what is merely a self-opinion as if it is a reality.
Because expressing an opinion as if it’s a reality,
does not in fact actually mean that it will be true.
So how can we discern as to whether an opinion
that we experience as if a reality, is really true?
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 34

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 123 – Where there is the sense of “I am”…

Where there is the sense of “I am“,
so there is the power of awareness,
or where there is the power of seeing,
so there is the power of the seer.
Such is the essence of our nature.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 6

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 122 – The Antarāya are presented as a guide through life’s distractions…

The Antarāya are presented
as a guide through life’s distractions,
rather than a rationale for life’s obstacles.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 30

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 121 – Pratyāhāra is the ability of the Manas…

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Pratyāhāra is the ability of the Manas
to resist the dance of the senses.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 54

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 120 – When working with the Breath in Āsana its perhaps less appealing initially…

When working with the Breath in Āsana,
it’s perhaps less appealing initially,
but ultimately more attractive, satisfactory
and effective, to integrate a Bhāvana on
the Samāpatti of Śaithilya and Ananta,
within a developmental Prāṇāyāma Sādhana,
focused towards the Siddhi of Dīrgha or Length,
supported by its counterpoint, Sūkṣma or Subtlety.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 50

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 119 – From Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 47 Krishnamacharya taught that…

From Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 47
Krishnamacharya taught that the
common denominator for successfully uniting
both aspects of relaxation and the infinite
within the practice of Āsana is the breath.
He saw it as continued effort
and synonymous with giving life.
The continued effort of the breath is that which gives life.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 47

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 118 – Awareness doesn’t change…

Awareness doesn’t change,
however our awareness of our
experience of awareness does.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 20

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 117 – What is it that you are ready to give up?

“What is it you are ready to give up?”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 35

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 116 – In introducing the various Upāya offered within…

“In introducing the various Upāya offered within
verses 20 to 39 in Yoga Sūtra Chapter One,
Krishnamacharya talks about Das Upāya,
of which two are Śodhanam Sādhana
and eight are Śamanam Sādhana.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verses 20-39

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 115 – How to deal with the conundrum that we are thinking or feeling we are changing…

How to relate with the inner conundrum that we are
thinking or feeling we are changing every 5 minutes.
Yet, from within that seeming flux we can observe that
we are only appearing to be changing every 5 minutes.
This implies that there is something else, not obvious,
yet constantly abiding within our psychic fluctuations.
Yoga offers a journey towards a direct experience of that
which perceives within our coalesced sense of “I” Am-ness.
In other words, how to be with that we call awareness or
the observer within the seeming seduction of the observed,
given that both mind and senses are part of the observed?
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 18

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 114 – It is intriguing, or even at times beguiling, in how we choose to relate to the nine interventions

It is intriguing, or even at times beguiling, in what
choices we make in relation to the nine interventions
elegantly presented in Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 30.
In other words what ploys do we deploy and employ
with regard to at least living intelligently within,
even if unable to transform at this point in time,
with what appears as if a distraction between how
we feel we are and how we feel we would like to be.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 30

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 113 – Yoga is not just about engaging…

Yoga is not just about engaging with
the overt nature of the  symptoms,
but also engaging with the
covert cause of the symptoms.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 24

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 112 – Within the sense of “I” Am-ness…

“Within the sense of “I” Am-ness,
the I-ness is Prakṛti and
the Am-ness is Puruṣa.
The illusion is the sense of as if Oneness.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 6

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 111 – Pratyāhāra is a process that encourages us…

Pratyāhāra is a process that encourages us
to explore the means by which we can learn
to step out of the flow of the river of the senses.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 54

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 110 – Pratyāhāra is the absence of a link…

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Pratyāhāra is the absence of a link
from the mind with the senses,
rather than the absence of a link
from the senses with the mind.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 54

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 109 – Our actions reveal our intentions.

karma

Our actions reveal our intentions.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 14

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 108 – Kriyā Yoga is about how to engage with our challenges…

Kriyā Yoga is about how to engage with our challenges,
especially whilst feeling disengaged by them.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 1

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 107 – The safest place for the mind is in the past.

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The safest place for the mind is in the past.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 27

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 106 – Hāna is the giving up of the reliance on Asmitā…

Hāna is the giving up
of the reliance on Asmitā
being perceived as if
the heart of one’s self.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 25

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 105 – That’s our starting point…

That’s our starting point…
This curious conjunction
of being Human and
yet human Being.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 6

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 104 – More usually the past dominates the present…

More usually the past dominates the present.
Through Yoga Sādhana we work towards
the present dominating the past.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 103 – Yoga is about seeking a relationship with that which experiences…

Yoga is about seeking a relationship
with that which experiences,
rather than seeking experiences.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 3

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 102 – We can build bridges of fear…

We can build
bridges of fear,
or we can build
bridges over fear.
The choice is ours.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 9

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 101 – Yoga is about creating new responses…

Yoga is about creating
new responses, especially
when experiencing familiar
arisings from old stories.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 50

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