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Practical Yoga Sutras von Buegel, Dale M. (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 20.11.2014
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Practical Yoga Sutras

There is one frontier that has mystified us since the beginning of time. Who are we? From where do we arise? Why are we here? How can we know who or what gave origin to us? We search in books, ask questions of those we consider wiser than ourselves, observe our lives, and still puzzle over these questions. Religions and philosophies of the world tell us that the Divine is everywhere, including the permeation of each and every part of each and every one of us. How do we know this? How do we touch the Divine with our awareness and experience this? How do we experience this Divine as truth? Within the heart of each human being lies not only the ache to know the answers to these questions, but also the means to find these answers. Throughout history sages in all the religious and philosophical traditions have taught methods of contemplation, prayer, and meditation to help us explore the limitless inner frontier of awareness. 'Practical Yoga S?tras' is a commentary on the more ancient text of the 'Yoga S?tras'. The ancient text summarizes the entire path of yoga from the basics to enlightenment. Clear explanations of the original, concise threads or verses of the s?tras are presented in 'Practical Yoga S?tras'. More than thirty practices have been added in this current text to assist yoga practitioners in examining their own paths toward the goal of yoga. Some of the practices are simple, and some more complex. Additionally, suggestions for reflection on the meanings and implications of the knowledge contained in the s?tras will challenge the reader to examine their own yoga practice in the context of the flow of life. This book was written to help seekers find balance, health, and bliss while practicing the eight limbs of yoga outlined in the original 'Yoga S?tras'.


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    Erscheinungsdatum: 20.11.2014
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9781631924224
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Practical Yoga Sutras

Sadhana Pada

I. Tapas, svadhyaya, and svara-pranidhana constitute preliminary yoga.

Discipline, self-study, and surrender to the Divine are part of the preliminary practices of yoga. The literal translation of "tapas" is to burn or create heat. Tapas refers to burning impurities through self-discipline and yoga practice. "Kriya" in reference to this and the following sutras refers to preliminary or practical yoga.

II. Created this kriya practice to attenuate klesas (obstacles or afflictions) to bring about samadhi.

III. The afflictions, or five klesas, are: 1) lack of awareness, ignorance, or illusion; 2) I-am-ness, ego, aha kara; 3) attraction; 4) repulsion; 5) clinging to life or fear of death.

These afflictions are generally considered the causes of pain and misery. However, some of the afflictions are useful in our learning process of life. For example, the illusion of having an individual identity (aha kara) allows us to learn while focusing on a small portion of the universe instead of being aware of all the substance, issues, and imbalances of the universe at one time. If we were not blessed with this particular aspect of ignorance, it would be like trying to run a business by assigning every task of the entire business to one person. The person would be overwhelmed and nothing would be accomplished.

Attraction and repulsion both have the capacity to unsettle the mind. In everyday life, ordinary desires and aversions tend to influence the mind and command the energy of life. Both attraction and repulsion can lead one off the path of yoga, interfering with the pursuit of that knowledge to be gained by that conscious state called samadhi.

Lack of knowledge of what consciousness was before life, or what will become of consciousness after death of the body, can both contribute to the fear of death. If we are in a well lit room and we are familiar with all the objects and circumstance within the room, there is little fear of the unknown. If, however, we are asked to open the door labeled "death," and what we see through the doorway is absolute darkness with no floor, walls or ceiling visible, there is some hesitancy about stepping through that doorway. The path of yoga seeks to provide illumination even beyond that doorway marked "death".


Contemplate the conscious experience you will have after your death.

Something to consider:

What do you wish to do, or how do you wish to be before the time of death? When the time comes, with what state of awareness do you wish to experience the transition of consciousness called death?

IV. Avidya (lack of knowledge) is the basic source of the afflictions. These afflictions can either be dormant, feeble or attenuated, intercepted (scattered, dispersed, alternating), or sustained and expanded (fully operating).

In a baby the klesas are generally considered to be dormant. Once the goal of yoga is reached, they might also be considered to be dormant. Along the path of yoga klesas can be attenuated through the practices which influence the mind. For example, the practice of kevala kumbhaka can help attenuate the fear of death by voluntarily experiencing the union of pra a and apa a with suspension of the need to breathe for an extended period of time. A near-death experience might also attenuate the fear of death.

For many, the klesas are sustained and fully operating in day-to-day life.

Something to consider:

How would you lead life differently if you truly believed consciousness to be eternal instead of impermanent?

V. Avidya is taking the non-eternal (impermanent), impure, evil, and non-Atman to be eternal, pure, good, and Atman.

Atman refers to that divine spark before it is surrounded by her layers of ignorance and burdened by karmas to become an individual soul.

An example of

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