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…

sutra 3.21 + 3.22: what do you see?

Sutra 3.21: kaya rupa samyama tat grahya shakti tat stambhe chaksuh prakasha asamprayoga antardhanam By performing samyama on the outer form of the body, invisibility [is attained]. This occurs when perceptibility is obstructed by blocking contact between light and eyes. Translation by Edwin Bryant By the practice of the threefold inner discipline on the form…

sutra 3.18: evolution of knowledge

Sutra 3.18: samskara saksat karanat purva jati jnanam By bringing [previous] samskaras into direct perception comes the knowledge of previous births. Translation by Edwin Bryant By bringing roots or causes into direct observation there comes knowledge of lives as they have been lived before. Translation by Kofi Busia Once upon a time, people didn’t know…

sutra 3.17: communicating through insight

Sutra 3.17: sabdartha pratyayanam itaretaradhyasat sankaras tat pravibhaga samyamat sarva bhuta ruta jnanam An object, the word for it, and the idea evoked by it all tend to be confused with each other. Total attentiveness paid to the differences between these brings a true understanding of the utterance of all living beings. Translation by Kofi…

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…