Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Class today

Hi Everyone, 

I'm really enjoying reading your blogs. You did a fantastic job discussing how the  Yoga Sutras relate to How Yoga Works both in terms of the big picture issues and also with lots of concrete examples.

Melissa raised a question in her blog about how and what to practice.  We'll have a bit of a discussion about that in class during our philosophy talk  time.

Here is a list of all the Sutras we have discussed thus far. The english translation and transliterations are from BKS Iyengar's translation of the Sutras.    The format comes from a generous student of  my teachers Mary Obendorfer and  Eddy Marks via Leeane Keating.

Samadhi Pada

atha yoganusasanam

With prayers for divine blessings, now begins an exposition of the sacred art of yoga.
yogah cittavrtti nirodhah

Yoga is the cessation of movements in the consciousness.
tada drastuh svarupe avasthanam

Then, the seer dwells in his own true splendour.
vrtti sarupyam itaratra

At other times, the seer identifies with the fluctuating consciousness.
vrttayah pancatayyah klista aklistah

The movements of consciousness are fivefold. They may be cognizable or non-cognizable, painful or non-painful.
pramana viparyaya vikalpa nidra smrtayah

They are caused by correct knowledge, illusion, delusion, sleep and memory.
pratyaksa anumana agamah pramanani

Correct knowledge is direct, inferred or proven as factual.
viparyayah mithyajnanam atadrupa pratistham

Illusory or erroneous knowledge is based on non-fact or the non-real.
sabdajnana anupati vastusunyah vikalpah

Verbal knowledge devoid of substance is fancy or imagination.
abhava pratyaya alambana vrttih nidra

Sleep is the non-deliberate absence of thought-waves or knowledge.
anubhuta visaya asampramosah smritih

Memory is the unmodified recollection of words and experiences.
abhyasa vairagyabhyam tannirodhah

Practice and detachment are the means to still the movements of consciousness.
tatra stitau yatnah abhyasah

Practice is the steadfast effort to still these fluctuations.
sa tu dirghakala nairantarya satkara asevitah drdhabhumih

Long, uninterrupted, alert practice is the firm foundation for restraining the fluctuations.
drsta anusravika visaya vitrsnasya vasikarasamjna vairagyam

Renunciation is the practice of detachment from desires.
tatparam purusakhyateh gunavaitrsnyam

The ultimate renunciation is when one transcends the qualities of nature and perceives the soul.

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