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

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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

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Niyama 3, Tapas, Heart Fire

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Yoga sutra 2.43: kayendriyasiddhirasuddhiksayattaapasah Kaya; the body. Indriya: the eleven sense organs, including thought. Siddih: power, perfection. Asuddhi: impurity. Ksayat: by the destruction, elimination. Tapasah: discipline, asceticism, austerity. By eliminating impurity, a disciplined life brings perfection and mastery to the … Continued

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Niyama 1, Clean Up Your Act with Shauca

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Yoga Sutra 2.40: saucat svanga jugupsa parairh asamsargah Purity protects one’s body and brings nonphysical relationships with others. (trans. B. Bouanchaud) Yoga Sutra 2.41: sattva suddhi saumanasya ekagrya inddriyajaya atma darsana yogyatvani ca Then, purity, clarity, and well-being of the … Continued

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