prakṛtiRoot: kṛ Devanāgarī: प्रकृति Translation: the original producer of the material world; nature or process of matter; nature, character, constitution, temper, disposition Similar words:dṛśya, pradhāna, prakṛtyā Opposite words:puruṣa, dṛś, vaikṛtika Related concepts:sattva, rajas, tamas, tanmātra, dravya, vikṛti, vikāra, guṇa, kṛti, vastu, sāṃkhyakārikā
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“In order to discipline the mind,
we need to develop a mental practice
that clearly reveals the distinction
between the nature of Jīva and Prakṛti.”
– T Krishnamacharya on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 12
“Abhyāsa is the practice of reflecting on the difference
between the nature of Jīva and the nature of Prakṛti,
which brings momentary tranquillity to the mind and
eventually leads to complete and sustained mental tranquillity.”
– T Krishnamacharya on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 13
“When Jīva, attached to Prakṛti,
realizes its own true nature with
clear understanding, all desires,
arising from the three Guṇa and
their variations cease entirely.
This state of Vairāgya,
free from all types of desire,
is called Para Vairāgya.”
– T Krishnamacharya on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 16
“Who does this?
What is the force that brings about this adjustment?
We need some means – that is called Nimitta.
We must have the intelligence to know the basic
characteristics of our materials and their possibilities.
We must also have ability to bring about desired change.
Change of the mind, as in the movement from an ordinary mind
to one that is extraordinary, is similar to the process of irrigation.
A farmer attempts to direct the flow of water from
an oversupplied plot to one with insufficient supply.
The very nature of water makes it necessary only to cut
a dam to cause it to flow. However, he must recognise
which plot is surplus, which is deprived and which
dam he must cut in order to solve his problem.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 3
“Nimitta is seen as the agent for change, as if a farmer.
Everything required is there, along with the intelligence.
You just have to find the intelligence to find the intelligence.
So verse 3 talks about the tools, materials and intelligence.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 3
“The last six chapters present the
three fundamental entities:
Prakṛti, Puruṣa and Īśvara.
What is most vital to a person
for everlasting happiness is to
understand the nature of consciousness
and the Lord and his creation.”
– TKV Desikachar on Gītārtha Saṃgraha of Śrī Yāmunācārya Śloka Four
“Non-perception of Nature is because of subtlety,
not because of non-existence,
since Nature is perceived through its effects.
These effects are intelligence and the rest.
Some are similar to Nature and some dissimilar.”
– Paul Harvey on Sāṃkhya Kārikā Āryā Eight
“If the Saṅga is at the Puruṣa level it will stay;
if it is at the Prakṛti level it will change.”
– TKV Desikachar speaking with his senior Western students London 1998