citDevanāgarī: चित् Translation: awareness, to cause to comprehend, to observe, perceive Similar words:ātman, cetanā, dṛś, draṣṭṛ, puruṣa Opposite words:anātman, citta, manas, dṛśya Related concepts:avidyā, īśvara
Appears inYoga Sūtra: Sāṃkhya Kārikā:
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“In the Yoga state we experience what is beyond the mind.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 3
“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
“The Yoga Sūtra is about reflecting on that which reflects,
in order to reflect from that which is the source of attention,
rather than from that which is the scene of intention.”
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 49
“The witness cannot be witnessed.”
– Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 18
“Whatever is the source of life is surely the source of freedom,
a source which knows us and cares for us.
It is everybody’s right, and is not beyond us, but within us.”
– TKV Desikachar from unedited manuscript for ‘What are We Seeking?’
“In each one of us there is something that experiences.”
– TKV Desikachar introducing the Taittirīya Upaniṣad 2001
“Yoga is the pursuit of the unpursuable.”
– TKV Desikachar
“Cit or awareness is the heart of Yoga.
Neither full nor empty, nor mine nor yours.
Awareness is as it is and is as it isn’t.”
“When seeking the light better to verify
that it is the power of the light
rather than the light of power.”
“The ten senses or Das Indriya are the gateway between the inner and the outer,
in the twin roads of this phenomena we call experience or action.
The co-ordinator of this remarkable interface is known as Manas.
The identifier in this remarkable process is known as Ahaṃkāra.
The discerner in this remarkable trinity is known as Buddhi.
The observer in this remarkable play of experience and action is known as Cit or Puruṣa.”
“Āsana is an interface between the body
and the systemic energy processes.
Prāṇāyāma is an interface between the
systemic energy processes and the psyche.
Dhyāna is an interface between the psyche
and the awareness that pervades our sense of being.”
“Activities that nurture a state of Yoga involve
self-discipline, Self-inquiry and Self-awareness.”
“A postscript to the above quote around the three Niyama within Kriyā Yoga on the uses of the terms ‘self’ or ‘Self’ within the legs in the tripod supporting our efforts at nurturing a state of Yoga.
The first leg supporting the tripod refers to Citta
as the self in terms of nurturing self-discipline.
The second leg supporting the tripod refers to Cit
as the Self in terms of nurturing Self-inquiry.
The final leg supporting the tripod refers to Cit
as the Self in terms of nurturing Self-awareness.”
“Constancy of the body
reveals the inconstancy of the breath.
Constancy of the body and breath
reveals the inconstancy of the mind.
Constancy of the body, breath and mind
reveals the constancy of awareness.”
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