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 3.24: 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…

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 2.55: super you

Sutra 2.55: tatah parama vashyata indriyanam With such an abundance of energy it follows that there is complete mastery (in the sense of ever-vigilant understanding) over the senses, as all psychological conflicts and confused movements of thought and energy cease, and the senses function intelligently without disorder and disharmony, inhibitions and excitation. Translation and interpretation…

sutra 2.54: sensing deeply

Sutra 2.54: sva vishaya asamprayoge chittasya svarupe anukarah iva indriyanam pratyaharah Sense-withdrawal is the imitation as it were of the own-form of consciousness [on the part] of the sense-organs by disuniting [themselves] from their objects. Translation by Georg Feuerstein There is psychological freedom when the senses function spontaneously in complete harmony with the inherent intelligence…

sutra 2.53: zoom in

Sutra 2.53: dharanasu cha yogyata manasah And the mind is now prepared for the process of direction toward a chosen goal. Translation and interpretation by TKV Desikachar And the mind attains the ability to concentrate, to focus its attention.Translation by Swami Venkatesananda And the mind attains the ability to concentrate, to focus its attention –…