Tapas & Ishwara Pranidhana

Choosing to transform yogaasana, pranayama and your philosophy to a path. Preparing the way for Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra 1.14.

Here are a couple of references: tapas on Yogapedia: Tapas and the Discipline of Yoga (yogapedia.com)

Ishwara Pranidhana: What is Ishvara Pranidhana? – Definition from Yogapedia But note that I have changed the context here from a traditional, orthodox religious focus.

I will unpack several of the other concepts in Sutra 1.14 in another post and video. Vyāsa says that four of the elements need to be present in order to infuse our practice with reverence (Satkāra): tapas, brahmacharya (conduct consistent with Brahman – ie. self-discipline), vidya (correct understanding) and shraddha (definite purpose).

Sutra 1.14

sa tu dirghakala nairantarya satkarasevito drdhabhumih
sa that tu verily, definitely dīrgha long kāla time nairantarya continuously, without any interruption satkāra respect āsevita fully attended, completely served dṛḍha firm, strong, unshakeable

These two elements are also to of the three keys to Kriya yoga. More on that another time.

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