Thursday, August 12, 2010

And Now for Something Completely Different . . .

This famous line from Monty Python's Flying Circus, is not that different from the opening line in The Yoga Sutras:

I.1 Atha Yoganushashanam
"Now the teachings of yoga . . ."

With the word "now", Patanjali, who compiled this splendid text, is urging us to move on to "something completely different" after we've tired ourselves out from chasing life's fleeting pleasures. It's as if he is saying something like: "remember that yoga stuff you may have heard about and perhaps dabbled in? Well, now it's time to start a comprehensive practice, and really dig in below the surface."

This opening line marks the beginning of a new adventure, and the wisdom that follows provides us with a road map that will help us navigate through our yoga journey. Now, let's take a look at these yoga teachings, shall we? After all, when would be a better time than now?

Plan of action: If you haven't already, visit your library or search online for a copy of The Yoga Sutras, start reading and enjoy! Any translation will do, but for starters I recommend: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (Translation and Commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda). A good commentary can be helpful.

For more info. visit: The Yoga Page.

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