sutra 1.39, choosing meditation

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1:39 Patanjali: yathabhimatadhyanadva Bouanchaud:Choosing meditation according to one’s affinities also brings mental stability. Iyengar:Or, by meditating on any desired object conducive to steadiness of consciousness. Fuerstein:  Or restriction is achieved through meditation (dhyana) as desired. Desikachar:  Any inquiry of interest … Continued

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 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

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

yoga sutra 1.12, nonattachment & practice

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Sutra.1.12 (Sanskrit:abhyasa-vairagyabhyam tad-nirodhah) says”Control over the mind’s fluctuations comes from persevering practice and nonattachment” According to Bernard Bouanchaud, a French translator of Patanjali’s sutras, quoted here, nonattachment is inextricably linked to persevering practice if one wishes to control those pesky … Continued

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