Niyama 5, Spirituality, Ishvara pranidhana

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Sutra 2.45: samadhi siddih isvara pranidhanat Samadhi: contemplation. Siddih: power, accomplishment, realization. Isvarapranidhanat: through devotion to the Lord, positive behavior and the ritual act of devotion. Contemplation and its powers are attained through worship of God. (trans. Bernard Bouanchaud, The … Continued

Niyama 4, Swadyaya, self-study

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Yoga Sutra 2.44: svadhyayat ista devata samprayogah Svadyayat: through reading and chanting sacred texts. Ista: desired, chosen. Devata: divinity. Samprayogah: union, fusion. Union with the chosen divinity comes from the study of self through the sacred texts. (trans. Bernard Bouanchaud) … Continued