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

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