element being

sutra 4.13: the element that keeps us going

From nothing, as far as we know, came everything. Sutra 4.13: These differences are of the quality of the beings, not of the being itself. And, they may be either subtle or obvious. Translation by Swami Venkatesananda Let’s operate under the assumption that all there is came “out of nowhere” when the universe exploded into…

karma

sutras 4.8 + 4.9: find your flow in life

Of the six major Indic philosophies, yoga is the one focused on using action to fuel liberation / enlightenment / clarity in life, etc (i.e., viveka and kaivalya as achieved through samadhi). Yogis don’t need you to figure out why you’re stuck (in your illusions, avidya), just that you are. They’ll give you something to do (a “practice”) to get you unstuck…

sutra 4.6 meditation

sutra 4.6: your mind on meditation

Meditation is a practice of working to clear the mind of thoughts and attachments. I like desires. I enjoy engaging with the world around me through thoughts, opinions, and insights. Why then would I work to establish a mind free from these things? Sutra 4.6: Of these only that mind which is born from meditation is…

sutra 4.5

sutra 4.5: “follow the love”

Sutra 4.5: There are numberless, different, active minds, but they all have one identical nature behind them. Translation by Kofi Busia Let me tell you a little story about love. Well, actually, I’m gonna tell you about a story about love, namely Terry Moore’s epic tale Strangers in Paradise. SIP, as we devoted fans refer to…

removing obstacles

sutra 4.3: removing obstacles

Sutra 4.3: Life energies are never the cause of these changes, but merely act—like a gardener—through the removal of obstacles. Translation by Kofi Busia Last year, I celebrated the simplicity of adding yoga into your life without needing to give anything up by adhering to new rules. This is because yoga will start to create shifts…

sutra 4.2: your journey in yoga

Where you come from matters. But maybe not the way you think it does. If you’re here in the US, you might have a nagging feeling that you can do anything you set your mind to. As a nation, we are deeply susceptible to a collective belief in the American Dream: if you work hard, you can, against…