Sutra 1.3

तदा ड्रास्तुः स्वरूपे वस्थानम tada: then; drastuh: of the soul; svarupe: in its own nature; avasthanam: abiding, remaining, absorbed in When that is accomplished, the seer abides in its own true nature Following the last sutra, when the yogi has still its mind and all of its fluctuations, the yogi reveals their true nature. ThisContinue reading “Sutra 1.3”

Sutra 1.1

अथ योगानुशासनम् ॥१॥ atha yogānuśāsanam atha: now; yoga, yoga; anuśāsanam, teachings Now, the teachings of yoga [begin] Yoga is translated as “to add”, “to join”, “to unite”, and is a popular translation that can be found. It is important to point out that the sixteenth-century Indian doxographer Mādhava stated that the goal of yoga is notContinue reading “Sutra 1.1”

Patanjali and the Yoga Sutras

Around 400 BC Patanjali compiled the Yoga Sutras, all 196 of them. They are the most translated ancient Indian text in the medieval period, though it fell into obscurity for almost 700 years from 12th to 19th century. Swami Vivekananda brought the Yoga Sutras back to prominence so that they would once again be aContinue reading “Patanjali and the Yoga Sutras”

Ishvarapranidhana

“Tapah-svadhyayesvara-pranidhanani kriya-yogah” –Kriya-yoga, the path of action, consists of self-discipline, study, and dedication to the Lord. Yoga Sutra 2.1 The fifth niyama Ishvarapranidhana is surrender to the Lord, the Divine. While it is not pointing out a specific religious identity, it is merely the idea that one must surrender to the Divine within ourselves, asContinue reading “Ishvarapranidhana”

Svadhyaya

  Our fourth Niyama. Self study, study of the Vedas and Sutras, introspection… Svadhyaya is introduced in book two of the sutras, tapah svadhyayes vara pranidhanani kriya yoga; Kriya yoga, the path of action, consists of self-discipline, study, and dedication to the Lord. II.1.This is Yoga in action, and all lead to a sort of self realization andContinue reading “Svadhyaya”

A Saturday Meditation

Saturday’s are usually my favorite days. Honestly, there is nothing better to me than waking up next to my husband, cuddled up under the blankets, with Momma (our cat) curled up on my side. Best way to wake up, ever! After whispering to each other, because the morning is too peaceful to be loud, hubbyContinue reading “A Saturday Meditation”

Satya

The second yama following ahimsa is satya, truthfulness. I went back and re-read pada II.30 from Pantanjali‘s Sutras and the following commentary to realign myself with the text, as well as a post on this yama from our instructor. Complete honesty, with harming none, is the point of the yama. It ties back into theContinue reading “Satya”