Extracts from S’ankara on the Yoga Sutras

In these extracts the translator proposes to give some idea of the original material which this sub-commentary provides for the study of the Yoga Sutras. Purely technical discussions are not included. It is intended that the meaning should be lucid and clear to the general reader. General information about the book  The Parallel with Medical …

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Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras gives six main means of practice

There are not many people who can simply practise meditation on the Self, or on the Lord, aiming all the time at liberation, without becoming bored, or else being overwhelmed by waves of distraction, lassitude or fear. It is found that for most people there must be some encouragement, something tangible in everyday experience. So …

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Meditation instructions on the Yoga Sutras

Trevor Leggett’s meditation instructions on the Yoga Sutras: He says “you have to know enough theory for a working basis” and referring to his book  ‘Sankara on the Yoga Sutras’, he says ” there is no need immediately to read the subtleties of the intellectual background”. His instructions are: THEORY (1)    Read the Introduction for …

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Yoga Sutras 1.33 to 1.40

Sutra 1.33 The mind is made clear by meditation on friendliness towards the happy, compassion for the suffering, goodwill towards the virtuous, and disinterest in the sinful Let him practise friendliness towards all beings experiencing happiness, compassion to those in pain, goodwill to the habitually virtuous, and disinterest in habitual sinners. Such devoted meditations produce pure dharma, …

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Yoga Sutras 1.50 and 1.51

Sutras 1.50 and 1.51, and refer back to 1.18. Sutra 1.50 The sarpskara produced by it inhibits other samskara-s The samskara produced by truth-bearing knowledge removes the accumulated deposit of samskara-s of extraversion. When the extravertive samskara-s are overcome, no ideas arising from them appear. With inhibition of extravertive ideas, samadhi becomes habitual. Then there is knowledge …

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