monthly INfrastructure: february 2015 asana

February 2015 Natarajasana / Lord of the Dance Pose (Standing balance) February 2-8 Lumbar spine + hips Sutra 3.16 When samyama is performed on the three transformations [of characteristics, state, and condition], knowledge of the past and the future ensues.Bryant February 9-15 Thoracic spine + shoulders Sutra 3.17 An object, the word for it, and the idea evoked by it…

sutra 3.15: change you can see

Sutra 3.15: krama anyatvam parinamah anyatve hetu The reason for the difference in the way a thing or event is, is the difference in these stages. Translation by Kofi Busia The change in sequence [of characteristics] is the cause of the change in transformations [of objects]. Translation by Edwin Bryant Surely, it is because of…

sutra 3.14: what makes you, you?

I don’t normally think of the sutras as jargony, but that’s what we’ve got here, I do believe. Sanskrit jargon! Really, the sutras are nothing but jargon. The rules of composition that guide sutra writing ask for as few syllables as possible because a student’s manner of absorption was originally memorization. So you end up…

sutra 3.13: a world of change

Sutra 3.13: etena bhuta indriyasau dharma laksana avastha parinamah vyakhyatah In this way, the change in the characteristics, state, and condition of objects and the senses is explained. Translation by Edwin Bryant Every now and then, the sutras reach out into the regular world and say, hey, this is how yoga helps us understand everything…

sutra 3.12: unchanging focus

Sutra 3.12: tatah punah shanta-uditau tulya-pratyayau chittasya ekagrata-parinimah In that regard, the attainment of one-pointedness occurs when the image in the mind that has just passed is the same as the image in the mind that is present. Translation by Edwin Bryant In order to move into samadhi, one-pointed focus needs to be steady. When…

monthly INfrastructure: january 2015 asana

January 2015 Virabhadrasana III / Warrior 3 (Standing balance) January 5-11 Hips Sutra 3.12 In that regard, attainment of one-pointedness occurs when the image in the mind that has just passed is the same as the image in the mind that is present. Bryant January 12-18 Spine Sutra 3.13 In this way, the change in characteristics, state, and…

sutra 3.10: yoga begets yoga

Sutra 3.10: tasya prashanta vahita samskarat The mind’s undisturbed flow occurs due to samskaras. Translation by Edwin Bryant Last week, I shared a bit of my own development of restricting samskaras (patterns, habits). All of the things I mentioned –time of practice, daily asana, daily meditation– and many more aspects within them are all tools…

sutra 3.11: get focused

Sutra 3.11: sarvarathata ekagrata ksaya udaya chittasya samadhi-parinamah The attainment of the samadhi state involves the elimination of all-pointedness [i.e., wandering] of the mind and the rise of one-pointedness [i.e., concentration]. Translation by Edwin Bryant Like most children, I took an interest in what my mom did in the kitchen. Mind you, this education through…

sutra 3.9: how habits change

Sutra 3.9: vyutthana nirodhah samskara abhibhava pradurbhavau nirodhah ksana chitta anvayah nirodhah-parinamah The state of restraint, nirodha, is when there is disappearance of outgoing [i.e., worldly] samskaras and the appearance of restratining samskaras. These emerge in the mind at the moment of restratint. Translation by Edwin Bryant What does it take to become a yogi?…

sutra 3.8: innermost

Sutra 3.8: tad-api bahir-angam nirbijasya But even these three are external to that enlightenment in which the very seed of duality ceases to exist. Translation and interpretation by Swami Venkatesananda Let’s say consciousness is fundamental. Let’s say that consciousness is common to all of us, and may be universal to all beings and things. Let’s…