INVOCATION TO PATANJALI
Listen to an MP3 of B.K.S. Iyengar chanting the Invocation to Patanjali: yoga invocation
This invocation is a prayer honoring and expressing respect to Patanjali, the Indian sage and author of The Yoga Sutras. The Sutras are the text that first presented the art of yoga.
yogena cittasya padena vacam
Let us bow before the noblest of sages,
malam sarirasya ca vaidyakena
Patanjali, who gave yoga for serenity and sanctity of mind,
yopakarottam pravaram muninam
grammar for clarity and purity of speech,
and medicine for perfection of health.
I Salute Adisvara (the Primeval Lord Siva)
sankha cakrasi dharinam
who taught first the science of Hatha
sahasra sirasam svetam
Yoga - a science that stands out as a ladder
for those who wish to scale the heights of Raja Yoga.
Create a place in your home to feel at peace. Bring a sense of the sacred into your living space.Take the time to choose carefully what you place on your alter, bedside table, mantle, shelf. Each item should have meaning and spiritual symbolism. The altar is a visible reminder of the invisible realities of the spiritual realms.Change the order and the energy of your sacred alters often. Every morning light a candle and incense for gratitude.
Our deepest fear Is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be. You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us, It's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, Our presence automatically liberates others.
1. Jnana Yoga Union by knowledge
2. Bhakti Yoga Union by love and devotion
3. Karma Yoga Union by action and service
4. Mantra Yoga Union by voice and sound
5. Yantra Yoga Union by vision and form
6. Tantra Yoga Union by harnessing sexual energy
7. Hatha Yoga Union by bodily mastery and breath
8. Raja Yoga Union by mental mastery
The 8 Limbs of Yoga & the Chakras
1st Limb Yama-roots/ ethical standards and how we conduct ourselves in life.
2nd& Limb Niyama-trunk- Self-discipline and spiritual observances.
3rd Limb- Asana/postures-branches
3rd Chakra-solar plexus/emotions/yellow
4th Limb Pranayama/breath-leaves
5th Limb Pratyahara/senses-bark
6th Limb Dharana/focus-sap
6th Chakra-3rd eye/intuition/indigo
7th Limb Dhyana/meditation-fruit
7th Chakra- crown/spiritual/purple
8th Limb Samadhi/universal union-fruit
8th Chakra-cosmic connection/white-crystal
Yoga is firstly for individual growth, but through individual growth, society and community develop. BKS Iyengar
A Yoga mind has no motive.--Geeta Iyengar
A thousand mile journey begins with a single step. Chinese Proverb
Treasury of Rights for People Who Live in a Free Country
The right to believe in myself.
The freedom to create me.
The right to keep learning freedom.
The right to choose friends and mentors I admire, and to get negative people out of my life.
The right to choose the best reading, viewing, listening and participating.
The right to choose what I feed my own body.
The right not to chooe to buy, pay for, own, and take care of more stuff than I need.
The right to live simply according to my own tastes.
The right to say "NO" to 90% of the ideas, pass times, subsance's, and tastes people are trying to push on me.
Love & truth can't be found in any book, church or temple. It comes when you know yourself. J.Krishnamurti
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. Gandhi
All progress requires change. Those who cannot change will find that they cannot improve. G.B. Shaw
Life in itself is an empty canvas, it becomes whatsoever you paint on it. You can paint misery, you can paint bliss. This freedom is your glory. OSHO
Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude. Martin Luther King Jr.
Prayer in the heart can achieve what nothing else can in the world. Mahatma Gandhi
Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now-always. Albert Schweitzer
The greatest revelation is stillness. Lao Tzu
The greatest wisdom we can hope to acquire is the wisdom of humility: humility is endless. T.S. Eliot
May peace and peace and peace be everywhere. Upanishads
Accept what is in front of you, without wanting the situation to be other than it is. Study the natural order of things and work with it, rather than against it. For to try to change what is - only sets up resistance. Nature provides everything, without requiring payment or thanks and provides for all without discrimination. Therefor let us present the same face to everyone and treat all men as equals. However they may behave. In this clarity of a still and open mind truth will be reflected. Lao Tzu
Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Carl Jung