Why do we meditate? In this podcast Abbot George discusses the real reason to meditate as contrasted with wrong reasons. Then continuing with Patanjali’s instructions from the Yoga Sutras, he explains the obstacles to spiritual life and their effects. Show More Summary
Patanjali was a Siddha who lived around 400 CE. His Yoga Sutras are a collection of pithy sayings that form the basis of Ashtanga Yoga, or the Yoga of Eight Limbs. There are 196 sutras in all, divided into four chapters.
Sutra 1 of Book Two of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Sutra 1. Austerity [tapas], self-study [swadhyaya] and resignation to Ishwara [Ishwarapranidhana] constitute Kriya Yoga. First let us define Kriya Yoga as Patanjali means it. Because...Show More Summary
Sutras 49 through 51 of Book One of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Sutra 49. The knowledge based on inference or testimony is different from direct knowledge obtained in the higher states of consciousness (I-48) because it is confined to a particular object (or aspect). Show More Summary
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There is an infinite amount to learn from the practice of yoga. As you dive into the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali, you immediately recognize that yoga is not just asana; it’s not a habit; it’s never temporary. Yoga is a lifestyle that … The post Ahimsa (Non-Violence) Decoded appeared first on YOGANONYMOUS.
In Patanjali‘s Yoga Sutra, he goes on to lay out the path for all practitioners to reach the ultimate freedom from suffering by learning true self-awareness. Broken down into 8 limbs, Patanjali provides us with a road map toward the … The post Change Your Life, One Niyama at a Time appeared first on YOGANONYMOUS.
“By the clarity of intuitive perception, all things can be known.” ~The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Alistair Shearer translation My Guru taught that when you start seeing the light at the space between the eyebrows, that is the first sign … The post Samyama and the Psychic Telescope: A Discussion with Dharma Mittra appeared first on YOGANONYMOUS.
Ready or not, it’s back to school time! And have we got just the thing to add to your reading list this semester, and probably many semesters to come in your studies as students of yogadork-versity. Firstly, if you haven’t read the excerpt yet, be sure to do so, and [...]
The following is an excerpt from Matthew Remski’s Threads of Yoga: A Remix of Patanjali’s Sutras, With Commentary and Reverie, a new translation using contemporary philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience to “remix” the ancient text for the modern age. From the epilogue: 8.5 how I got here In the section “what is meditation [...]
In yoga, we learn, via the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, that “smrti” is just one of the layers of our citta vritti thought shish kebabs that float in and out of the outdoor BBQ of our brains at every moment. (Hey, it’s the unofficial Summer kickoff, someone’s grilling somewhere!) Smrti, [...]Show More Summary
In the Yoga Sutra‘s Chapter 1.33, Pantanjali gives us a four-part process to help us clear our hearts of negative energies as a means for quieting our minds. These are known as the Four Keys to Happiness. So what are …
Ok, so you’re practicing the yamas—ready for more? The niyamas, or restraints, are another set of practices outlined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. If the yamas have a lot to do with our behavior toward others, practicing the niyamas, we cultivate …
Everywhere I go it seems there are new yoga fads popping up. I want to know what makes a yoga class yoga and not just a trend. According to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, there are eight “limbs” of yoga. …
In the yoga sutras, we’re given a few key points as to how yoga works (we’re given more than that, but let’s use the KISS system for now). Patanjali tells us pretty much right away that yoga is self-evident when …
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali describe four bhavanas or human traits that are essential for our spiritual growth. Two of these traits – compassion and friendship – were discussed in previous articles. This article focuses on the third trait – Joy. The particular sutra that encourages us to acquire and remain in a [...]
“Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodhah” ~ Patanjali The second sutra in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras compilation is one of the most important and frustrating aspects of embarking on the journey of yoga. This particular sutra focuses on learning to restrain/modify (Nirodhah) the incessant thoughts that flow through our minds; the mind-stuff or mind chatter (Chitta Vrittis). Chitta [...]
...but nowhere in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras does he mention anything about making sure to spread his teachings in a exploitative, socially and economically unfair system.
Vairagya is the practice of non-attachment, dispassion, letting go and surrender. Vai means “without” and raga “colorless”. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali say abhyasa vairagyabhyam tat nirodaha - Through the repeated practice of non-attachment there is mastery.
Are rich people unethical? According to this infographic, created by @ohtinytony, those who are socially and financially better off could use the wisdom of the yamas, the five external disciplines outlined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. The studies cited here reveal that the elite demographic could probably use a few lessons in satya (truthfulness), asteya (not [...]