So I volunteered to be this past moon day’s Sutra Secretary. Please- all who were there and anyone else who’d like to – pipe in if thus inspired. The conversation was kind of flowing/engaging and difficult for me to take notes on so I’m mostly going to just type the Sutra in.
For those who weren’t there, we chanted from the 1st through the 4th Sutras and spent some time talking about different practices or ways that we experience the below. Among practices mentioned: psychosynthesis, vipassana meditation, pranayama, asana, yoga nidra.
Also, for those who are curious, among the represented translations we had were:
– Swami Satchidananda’s version (We were joking this is like the Cliff Notes of the Sutras ‘cuz he is very down to earth, easy to understand. He writes in “I” and “you” so it feels personal and like you’re the student, listening.)
– Baba Hari Das (Two of us had this version.)
– Christopher Ishenwood and Swami Prabhvananti’s How to Know God (small text Dipita loves)
– BKS Iyengar’s classic Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
– Swami Venkatesananda’s Enlightened Living (pocket version I love that teacher Devorah Sacks referred me to)
Any other fave translations out there? Reviews on ’em?
Samadhi Pada – Sutra 3
tada: then, at the time
drastuh : the soul, the seer
svarupe : in his own, in his state
avasthanam: rests, abides, dwells, resides, radiates
tada drastuh svarupe avasthanam
Then, the seer dwells in his own true splendour. (BKS Iyengar version)
In the light of non-volitional, non-moving and therefore spontaneous and choiceless awareness the undivided intelligence with its apparent & passing modifications or movements of thought within itself is not confused with nor confined to any of these. Then, the seer or the homogeneous intelligence which is ignorantly regarded as the separate experiencer of sensations and emotions, and the separate performer of actions, is not split up into one or the other states or modifications of the mind, and exists by itself and as itself. (Swami Venkatesananda version)