athaDevanāgarī: अथ Translation: now, 'now' (begins); an auspicious and inceptive particle; A particle used at the beginning (of works) mostly as a sign of auspiciousness Related concepts:maṅgala
Appears inYoga Sūtra:
Chapter 1: 1Sāṃkhya Kārikā: Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā:
Chapter 2: 1
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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 on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 1
“Atha – Now in the sense of nowness.
By convention let there be something auspicious.
The Sūtra are different in the sense of not having a prayer dedication in the first Sūtra.
Thus Atha fills this role.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 1
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