The Mat S6 E8 “Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras 1-5” by Kat of JYL

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Dear Friends,

“Demystifying Patanjali” was based on the wisdom of Paramhansa Yogananda presented by his disciple- Swami Kriyananda as a basis for a balanced Yogi to study. It is important to understand that these interpretations can somehow get mixed up. As far as 1-5 is concerned it is a complex Sutra and one that you should take your time with learning.

Key Points

Vrittis= one’s self-developed inclinations (desires & attachments)

Some cause pain, some give pleasure.

*No self-definition can bring anyone happiness.

Sharing with others can only help to remove a layer of egoism from the giver’s consciousness.

We must try to overcome all self-definitions.

Our vrittis do not define us as we are; they only define us as we think we are.

We may tread the downward path to further suffering, or the upward, to eventual bliss in him.

Take what you can from each lesson and share your knowledge.

Namaste,

Kat

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The Mat S6 E7 Patanjali Yoga Sutra 1-4

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Dear Friends,

Yoga Sutra 1-4
“Otherwise (if one hasn’t found inner peace) the vrittis cause the indwelling Self to assume many (outward) forms.

Your “vrittis” or “desires” can cause things to happen. Until you learn to attain inner calmness, your “vrittis” or (inclinations, attachments) can self-define you as you are not truly meant to be seen.

The writer gave us this as an example: “We can tell ourselves I am ________. None of that is true. We are the immortal, ever changeless Atman, the Supreme Self.”

Point being, we are not our “vrittis”, you are not what you desire, those desires only determine our temporary life. We are made from God this is true because all creation itself is only his manifestation. There is something to ponder on this week through the eyes of one that went before us.

Namaste,

Kat

The Mat S6 E6 Patanjali Yoga Sutra 1-3 by Kat of JYL

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Dear Friends,

Patanjali says “Experience over many years has convinced me that, if we really repose our trust in God, and ask nothing for ourselves, he will supply all of our needs.”

The context of Sutra 1-3 teaches us that by having a calm mind, we can calm opposition in our lives. When we don’t allow a calm mind to take precedent, we disarm the calmness of our mind.

So, what this said to me personally is that by first trusting in God for your outcome in all things, Secondly, by being calm in your mannerism when dealing with people and situations all of your

needs will be met. Not only that they will be met while you find “tranquility”.  I know this one is difficult to wrap your head around at first, it seems almost too much, this is where faith is built.

As the book reminds us, this aphorism of Patanjali, therefore, should be taken not only as a promise of reward but as counsel for the right attitude to hold under any circumstance.

Namaste,

Kat

The Mat S6 E5 Patanjali Sutra 1-2″Yoga is the neutralization of the vortices of feeling”

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Dear Friends,

Welcome back to the Sutra review! Today we discuss Vritti= Eddy, vortex or “whirlpool” and how this affects your life. From Demystifying Patanjali Sutra 1-2:

“Our desires and attachments do not make our thoughts fluctuate so much, like waves, instead, we grip them to us just as a river’s current draws things to the center, we revolve our desires around our egos, as in a vortex”

Pretty strong stuff for us to focus on, but oh so helpful in the lessons of life. Basically, as long as we find ourselves pulled in both directions between what we desire and what life will have for us, we are inwardly divided and can never know peace. However, if we find God first in all things and direct our tendencies in one direction we are no longer denying that higher nature and this will lead us to that peace that was meant for us.

Vocab lesson:

Mon- mind- centered in the top of the head

Buddhi- intellect, centered between the eyebrows

Ahankara- ego, centered in the medulla oblongata

Chitta- feeling, centered in the heart

Take away:

Every desire must be neutralized. Yoga is the neutralization of every little vortices.

Yogananda says ” Desires, forever gratified, never satisfied”

Have a beautiful week,

Namaste,

Kat

The Mat S6 E4 Patanjali Yoga Teachings: Sutra #1 “The subject now being offered is Yoga”

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Dear Friends,

Join us as we review the teachings of Patanjali in the book review of  “Demystifying Patanjali”. To best understand what the “founder” of  Yogic teachings was trying to express when he created his masterpiece we will take an approach of going through each of the   Yoga Sutra’s (system of learning the eight limbs of yoga).

Patanjali is considered to have created the authoritative text on yoga in his classical writings during C 2d Century B.C.; The Yoga School of Indian Philosophy.

What we soon discover in the beginning of the book ” is that Patanjali did not offer any particular system or way of learning yoga. Instead, he teaches us in his writings as translated with the wisdom of Paramhansa Yogananda there are stages in our journey which every “truth seeker” must travel.

Patanjali explains “Sankhya”  is meant to persuade people of the uselessness of seeking fulfillment through physical senses. Our physical bodies are not our true self.  Sutras are a meditative discovery of liberation consisting of these eight steps of yoga.

Namaste,

Kat

The Mat S6 E3 “Mercy, Compassion and Karma

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Dear Friends,

We can’t avoid difficulties or problems in life. Now for the good news- we can change our Karma. We can change every aspect of our lives. You may ask ” Why would I want to change my life?” So I’ll answer that for you. By changing your life, your karma changes deep within your being for the better.

From the Buddhist point of view on life and death- happiness is for eternity- in other lifetimes- in the future. When we change with a “Mission” we awaken this eternal happiness.

Ask anyone what “Karma” means to them. Generally, people tend to believe “Karma” is something bad that happens from bad actions.

What is “Karma” really? Let us study this together. Karma is Sanskrit for “action”.

It is the happenings of cause and effect that goes beyond life and death. Think of it like this, every thought, every action, each word that crosses our tongue and how we act are all little seeds that we plant in our garden of “our life”. These “seeds” or “causes” which is truly what they are can sit quiet and dormant now or during the future. However, from time to time, or under certain circumstances, these seeds will reveal themselves. This happens as “results”- whether it be a reward or punishment.

Buddhists believe life is not just “now” but the past, present and the future lives or “three existences of life”.

Let us examine “The General Law Of Cause And Effect”.

Our actions at any time become part of cause and effect. Buddhists believe if we hurt others, steal from them, cheat, lie etc. these things will express themselves in the present or future with bad effects on our lives.

To start believing in this we would have to do something positive for every bad action we have even done to rid ourselves of such bad karma. We would also have to stop making bad decisions and acting in any manner which leads to bad karma. This could leave many of us feeling hopeless like we don’t have enough time in our lifetime to fix this.

The best news is we can change simply by striving to live with respect for our own happiness and the happiness of others.If we spread this type of action or “behavior” we begin to immediately change the direction of our life. No longer do we feel “hopeless” or “powerless”. By seeking to live better, our laundry list of sins can be cleansed by wisdom.

As we strive to clean up and make any change we will run into opposition, people and things will interfere with your attempts to clean house. You need to look at those times as “added bonuses”. By overcoming the difficulty you have naturally removed your karmic incidents.

By devoting yourself and showing others your path by your actions you will have removed negativity during the walk through your troubles. The key is to do this with a positive attitude. Turning your negatives to positives ,thus transforming your destiny.

Namaste,

Kat