sutras 3.37-38: backed by science

Sutras 3.37-3.38 (in Feuerstein’s translation they are 3.36-3.37) 3.36 Thence occur flashes-of-illumination in the sensory areas of hearing, sensing, sight, taste, and smell. 3.37 These are obstacles to enstasy (samadhi) but attainments in the waking-state. Translation by Georg Feuerstein I am something of a scientific study geek. I love reading reports of methods and findings,…

monthly infrastructure: july 2015 asana

216 Infrastructure July 2015 Prasarita Padottanasana Wide-Legged Forward Bend July 6-12 Foundation – Feet Sutra 3.38 They seem to be enhanced faculties and ability to an outwardly directed mind, but they are obstacles to the achievement of an inner, enlightened state. Busia July 13-19 Hips + Neutral Spine Sutra 3.39 By being free of those things…

monthly infrastructure: june 2015 asana

216 Infrastructure June 2015 Adho Mukha Vrksasana ‘Downward-Facing Tree Pose’, i.e. Handstand! June 1 – 7 Foundation – Hands + Shoulder Girdle Sutra 3.33 Rapt attention paid to the light of consciousness in the head brings to sight those who have attained the highest objectives. Busia June 8 – 14 Legs – Getting Up Sutra 3.34…

monthly INfrastructure: may 2015 asana

May 2015 Uttitha Hasta Padangusthasana + Variations ‘Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose’ May 4 – 10 Legs + Spine Sutra 3.29 Direct perception on the Pole-star, brings knowledge of their movements. Busia May 11 – 17 First Variation (Flexion Only) Sutra 3.30 Direct perception on the very centre of the body brings understanding of all…

sutra 3.26: experiencing knowledge

Sutra 3.26: pravrittyah aloka nyasat suksma vyavahita viprakrista jnanam By correctly directing and focusing the light of perception in which the senses and their objects (the whole of nature) function, knowledge can be gained of the subtle, the hidden, and even the remote objects or phenomena. Translation by Swami Venkatesananda Our world, our universe, is…

sutra 3.25: there’s an elephant in my sutras

Sutra 3.25: baleshu hasti baladini By practicing samyama on strengths, the yogi attains the strength of an elephant, etc. Translation by Edwin Bryant Correct visualization of the strength of an elephant, or whatever is desired, makes one as strong as an elephant or whatever. Translation by Kofi Busia I love that there’s an elephant in…

sutra 3.24: how to find happiness in 3 quick steps

Sutra 3.24: maitryadisu balani By samyama on friendliness and such things, strengths are acquired. Translation by Edwin Bryant By the practice of the threefold discipline on qualities like friendship, one becomes an embodiment of such qualities naturally, and thus one gains great moral, psychic and spiritual strength. Translation by Swami Venkatesananda Did you know that…

monthly INfrastructure: april 2015 asana

April 2015 Trikonasana + Parivrtta Trikonasana ‘Triangle Pose’ + ‘Revolved Triangle Pose’ Mar 30 – April 5 Trikonasana: Base (Feet + Hips) Sutra 3.24 Great powers of friendship, compassion and the like come from concentrating on that quality. Busia April 6 – 12 Trikonasana: Spine (Axial Elongation + Lateral Flexion) Sutra 3.25 Correct visualization of the strength of…