Before I inquire into who am I, I must first look at who I am.

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“Before I inquire into who am I,
I must first look at who I am.”
– TKV Desikachar on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Six verse 20

Jñānam is the wisdom of ‘I am that’……

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Jñānam is the wisdom of ‘I am that’.
Vijñānam is the discernment that ‘I am not this’ ‘I am not that’.”
– TKV Desikachar on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Seven verse 2

Fix yourself on something that doesn’t change….

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“Fix yourself on something that doesn’t change
and seek something higher than material things.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Two verse 45

Reflections on the relationship of Dharma and Kāma

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“God is always inside the heart.
However we are not always inside the will of God.
So actions can be right or wrong.”
– TKV Desikachar commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter 18 verse 15

Reflecting on the relationship between Svadharma and Dharma

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“Once I am very clear about what is to be known – Svadharma,
then I can be clear about what is universal Dharma.”

Reflecting on this quote  from TKV Desikachar posted on February 15th 2014 on the relationship between Svadharma and DharmaI feel we first need to understand our personal place within our inner world, only from there can we understand our universal place within our outer world.

This is a concept that can appear to be contrary to the more usual expectations within the Yoga world whereby we are often given a set of universal standardised principles which we are told to constantly aspire to and strive towards realising.

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Use Samavṛtti in Prāṇāyāma to reduce the power of Rajas & Tamas.

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‎”Use Samavṛtti in Prāṇāyāma to reduce the power of Rajas and Tamas.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Five verse 27

The taste in the water cannot be seen……

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“The taste in the water cannot be seen.
Only when we put the water in our mouths.
So it is with Bhakti.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Seven verse 8

The teacher follows the student and will use many methods……

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“The teacher follows the student and will use many methods
to see the student grasps the teachings.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Eleven verse 1

Saṃśaya (Doubt) is the Fire that consumes Wisdom.

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Saṃśaya (Doubt) is the Fire that consumes Wisdom.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Four verse 40

When dominated by Kleśa, Citta is not a friend.

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“When dominated by Kleśa,
Citta is not a friend.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Six verse 6

Tapas is Proper Diet, Mantra Chanting and Self-Inquiry.

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Tapas is Proper Diet, Mantra Chanting and Self-Inquiry.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Six verse 46

(Refer also to Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 1 with its Kriyā Yoga and additional commentaries from Krishnamacharya and Desikachar)

If we recognise a person as they are now……

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“If we recognise a person as they are now,
not as they were yesterday,
we realise that what we see is not eternal.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Thirteen verse 28

Sukha and Duḥkha cannot be there at the same time.

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Sukha and Duḥkha cannot be there at the same time.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Thirteen verse 21

(Refer also to Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 9 for similar idea regarding the oscillation between being either in a state of being present or one of being distracted.)

Follow Truth with Faith.

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“Follow Truth with Faith.”
– TKV Desikachar commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter 12 verse 20

Action is best performed when it is for the good of the society….

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“Action is best performed when it is for the good of the society,
with the spirit of dedication to the lord and
with freedom from the attitude of being the doer and the beneficiary.”
– TKV Desikachar Commentary on Gītārtha Saṃgraha of Śrī Yāmunācārya Śloka Seven

It is honouring ones Dharma that will reveal the true nature of oneself.

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“It is honouring ones Dharma that will reveal the true nature of oneself.”
– TKV Desikachar Commentary on Gītārtha Saṃgraha of Śrī Yāmunācārya Śloka Two

Begin then verify, again begin then verify……

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“Begin then verify, again begin then verify, again begin then verify.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary to Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Eight verse 8

Niṣṭhā – The holding of a question throughout the days activities.

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Niṣṭhā – The holding of a question throughout the days activities.”
– TKV Desikachar commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter 5 verse 17

Any attempt to meditate is going to fail if you are sitting on a pile of junk……

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“Any attempt to meditate is going to fail if you are sitting on a pile of junk.”
– TKV Desikachar commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter 6 verse 34

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