The Journey Home

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The Yoga Sutras are the perfect map for our journey home.

Home to ourselves.

The Yoga Sutras are a map that leads to "Self Knowledge" and all that phrase entails. It has been my personal experience that each sutra, and the infinite variety of combinations of sutras strung together, contain a depth that cannot be fully understood or experienced without engaging the study of Sanskrit and the practice of Sanyama.

While there is much to be gleaned from a first and superficial or purely intellectual approach, the practice that Patanjali offers, Sanayama, is the key to the map that is the Yoga Sutras. Sanyama as the key allows for reading and practical application of sutras as a essential part of an integrated study of yoga.

Each Sutra is a universe waiting to be discovered. Similarly, each sequence of sutras and non-sequential grouping of related sutras come together to open the practitioner's consciousness to the universe that lies within.

In Sanyama the journey begins with the elements as they exist in our own bodies. It is incredibly eloquent that the map (the Yoga Sutras) and it's key (Sanyama) set the stage for a journey inward - precisely where we exist. The elements that define our personal experience of existence are a perfect and divinely inspired starting point for our journey back to the source.

It is this eloquence that keeps me going, moving deeper and deeper. I see a fractal-like reflection in the asana, in the Sanskrit language, in the Yoga Sutras and the Sanyama practice they define. This beauty of form mirroring creation, when truly seen, is like the allure and perfect attractiveness of Krishna. His presence gives each Gopi all that she needs to be connected and  seen. In the same way I feel my studies and practices attract me with an irresistible impulse inward.

This is yoga, Sparkling and True.

Of Cows and Horoscopes

The universe desires to be discovered.

All around us there is so much that remains unseen or misunderstood. The movement towards seeing it's hidden truths can be found in the practice of yoga. Yoga unfolds and points you in certain direction when there are sincerity and reverence.

Can yoga "happen" without meditation and Sanskrit? I don't know. For me Sanskrit chanting, the study of it's grammar and meditation were the key to unfolding the mysteries, suffering and joy that are the process that defines yoga. The practice of āsana alone would have cut my journey and left me with only the truths that can be seen in the more gross aspects of existence. As beautiful and healing as as the early stages of my yoga practice were for me, asana was only a beginners preparation for a movement into the deeper practices including the study and experiential practices offered in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. Chanting the Yoga Sutras, studying the simple grammatical structures and practicing Sanyama the meditation described by Patanjali has drawn the universe to me. The Yoga Sutras embodies the practices of the ancient rishis who found the universe within themselves.

It is when we expereince that which cannot be understood by the rational mind - when we surrender to a new perception - that the mystery begins to transform us. Here the sequential and non-sequential movements of the universe are seen. Then, like Yashoda seeing the universe in the mouth of baby Krishna we can see the universe in all things - even in cows and horoscopes.

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