These five Kleśa surround the heart of every individual……

“These five Kleśa surround the heart of every individual.
They are related to the three Guṇa known as Sattva, Rajas and Tamas.
As long as one chooses not to inquire into the true nature of one’s self and acts mechanically,
they will unknowingly contribute to the dominance of the Kleśa.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 3

No medicine can reduce Duḥkha, only Kriyā Yoga.

“No medicine can reduce Duḥkha, only Kriyā Yoga.”
– TKV Desikachar commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 1

Meditation is the process of moving backwards.

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‎”Meditation is the process of moving backwards.”
– TKV Desikachar commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verses 10-11 January 10th 1995

The practice of Āsana without breathing and without remembering Ananta has no value.

bhujangasana

“The practice of Āsana without breathing and without remembering Ananta has no value.”
– Śrī T Krishnamacharya commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 47

Asmitā – To confuse memory and wisdom……

asmita

Asmitā – To confuse memory and wisdom.”
– TKV Desikachar Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 6

108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 10 – A necessary step in Yoga is to experience a state of disillusionment……

A necessary step in Yoga is to experience
a state of complete and utter disillusionment.
Arising from that is a state of Citta prepared
to give up its conviction of being the Cit.
– Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

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In the Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two Patañjali introduces the term Kriyā Yoga……

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“In the Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 1 Patañjali introduces the term Kriyā Yoga,
a Yoga that anyone can practice,
as distinct from the Yoga practiced by those who devote themselves totally to Yoga,
those whose only concern in life is to reach the highest.”
TKV Desikachar Madras December 20th 1988

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

baradavajrasana

“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

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

108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 7 – Yoga is not about not enjoying the world because we see it……

drsya

Yoga is not about not enjoying the world because we see it as it really is.
Rather it is seeing the world as it really is and still enjoying it.
– Reflection on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 18

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 6 – The Yoga Sūtra says you can’t change your life……

parinama

The Yoga Sūtra says you can’t change your life,
however you can change your perception of it.
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

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Sthira Sukham Āsanam – Means what happens before and after a posture……

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Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 46 Sthira Sukham Āsanam
“Means what happens before and after a posture.
One should be able to move to another posture with ease.
– TKV Desikachar England 1980

Explore and discuss the concept of Dvandva in Yoga Sūtra C2 v48……

Yoga Sūtra Study Question 10.


Explore and discuss the concept of Dvandva  in Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 48,
by relating it to the definition of Āsana in Chapter One of the Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā.
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What does Patañjali mean by Pratipakṣa Bhāvanam in Yoga Sūtra C2 v33?

Yoga Sūtra Study Question 9.

patanjali-1 What does Patañjali mean by Pratipakṣa Bhāvanam in Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 33?
Discuss.
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Show how The word Hāna in Yoga Sūtra C2 v25 has the meaning ’giving up’.

Yoga Sūtra Study Question 8.

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Show how The word Hāna in Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 25 has the meaning ’giving up’.
What is the ’giving up’ in question?
How is it obtained?
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Show how Yoga Sūtra C2 v10 and v11 play a pivotal role in the teachings in this chapter.

Yoga Sūtra Study Question 7.

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Show how Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 10 and verse 11 play a pivotal role in the
evolution of the teachings in the Sādhana aspect of Chapter Two.
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Translate and develop Yoga Sūtra C2 v6

Yoga Sūtra Study Question 6.

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Translate and develop Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 6
Dṛg Darśana Śaktyoḥ Eka Ātmatā Iva Asmitā
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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

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Everything is there within Awareness…….

Everything is there within Awareness.

tatra niratiśayaṃ sarva-jña-bījam
“There the source of all knowing is unsurpassed.”
Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 25

Firstly we need to ‘as if’ dedicate our actions towards Awareness.

tat-artha eva-dṛśyasya-ātmā
“That purpose of the seen is indeed for our essence.”
Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 21

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 5 – Serve Yoga and Yoga will serve you.

Serve Yoga and Yoga will serve you.
– Reflection on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 21

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 3 – Avidyā is the illusion of recognising the……

avidya

Avidyā is the illusion of recognising:
the ephemeral as the eternal,
the profane as the profound,
pain as pleasure and
the silhouette as the source.
– Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 2 – Patañjali reminds us of the pitfalls of the illusion……

avidya

Patañjali reminds us of the pitfalls of the illusion
of recognising psyche as awareness.
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 1 – Tapas – the effort to reduce something.

Tapas – the effort to reduce something.
Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 1

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