Manana (Contemplation) …

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Question: Guruji, whenever I see You, I start running after You. Is this devotion or lack of self respect? Guruji: In the beginning you run, it is ok. But then you should learn to stop and look within. Dive deep within yourself then I will run after you and the whole world will run after… Read more »

Patanjali Yoga Sutra – Chapter 4

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4.1 janmau ‘ṣadhi mantra tapaḥ samādhijāḥ siddhayaḥ Psychic powers arise by birth, drugs, incantations, purificatory acts or concentrated insight. 4.2 jāty antara pariṇāmaḥ prakṛtyā ‘pūrāt Transformation into another state is by the directed by the quality with which one’s whole being is saturated 4.3 nimittaṁ aprayojakaṁ prakṛtīnāṁ varaṇa bhedas tu tataḥ kṣetrikavat Creative nature is… Read more »

Patanjali Yoga Sutra – Chapter 3 (Part 2)

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3.27 candre tārā vyūha jñānaṁ By self-control on the Polestar arises knowledge of orbits. 3.28 dhruve tad gati jñānaṁ  By self-control on the navel arises knowledge of the constitution of the body. 3.29 nābhi cakre kāya vyūha jñānaṁ By self-control on the pit of the throat one subdues hunger and thirst. 3.30 kaṇṭhakūpe kṣut pipāsā… Read more »

Patanjali Yoga Sutra – Chapter 3 (Part 1)

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3.1 deśa bandhaś cittasya dhāraṇā One-pointedness is steadfastness of the mind. 3.2 tatra pratyayai ‘katānatā dhyānaṁ Unbroken continuation of that mental ability is meditation. 3.3 tad evā ‘rthamātranirbhāsaṁ svarūpa śūnyam iva samādhiḥ That same meditation when there is only consciousness of the object of meditation and not of the mind is realization. 3.4 trayam ekatra… Read more »

Patanjali Yoga Sutra – Chapter 2 (Part 2)

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2.28 yogāṅgānuṣṭhānād aśuddhi kṣaye jñāna dīptirā viveka khyāteḥ On the destruction of impurity by the sustained practice of the limbs of Union, the light of knowledge reveals the faculty of discrimination. 2.29 yama niyamā ‘asana prāṇāyāma pratyāhāra dhāraṇā dhyāna samādhayo   ‘ṣṭāv aṅgāni The eight limbs of Union are self-restraint in actions, fixed observance, posture, regulation… Read more »

Patanjali Yoga Sutra – Chapter 2 (Part 1)

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2.1  tapaḥ svādhyāye ‘śvara praṇidhānāni kriyā yogaḥ Austerity, the study of sacred texts, and the dedication of action to God constitute the discipline of Mystic Union. 2.2 samādhi bhāvanārthaḥ kleśa tanū karaṇārthaś ca This discipline is practised for the purpose of acquiring fixity of mind on the Lord, free from all impurities and agitations, or… Read more »

Patanjali Yoga Sutra – Chapter 1 (Part 2)

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1.26 sa eṣa pūrveṣām api guruḥ kālenā ‘navacchedāt Not being conditioned by time, God is the teacher of even the ancients. 1.27 tasya vācakaḥ praṇavaḥ God’s voice is Om. 1.28 taj japas tad artha bhāvanaṁ The repetition of Om should be made with an understanding of its meaning. 1.29 tataḥ pratyak cetanā ‘dhigamo ‘py antarāyā ‘bhāvaś ca From that… Read more »

Patanjali Yoga Sutra – Chapter 1 (Part 1)

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1.1 atha yogānuśāsanam Now, instruction in the discipline of Yoga. 1.2 yogaḥ cittavṛtti nirodhaḥ Yoga is restraining the thought-streams natural to the mind. 1.3 tadā draṣṭuḥ svarūpe avasthānam Then the seer dwells in his own nature. 1.4 vṛtti sārūpyam itaratra Otherwise he is of the same form as the thought-streams. 1.5 vṛttayaḥ pañcatayyaḥ kliṣṭā akliṣṭāḥ The thought-streams are five-fold,… Read more »