“…citta is a non-occilating state between thoughts. Hence, one has to increase or enhance this state of pause in between thoughts.” – BKS Iyengar, The Core of the Yoga Sutras
1.17 Layers of understanding are revealed through steady concentration on an object: thought, insight, and pure joy.
“…from the very beginning, meditation needs an object, a point of focus for the mind….three factors are present: the small you as the knower, the object of meditation as the known, and the process of knowing that relates the two.” – Devadatta Kali, Managing The Mind
1.16 When you know your true self, cravings dissipate.
“Detachment develops with self understanding.” – TKV Desikachar, Reflections on Yoga Sutra-s of Patanjal
1.15 Recognize and diffuse entangling thought patterns.
“As we develop our practice along the correct lines, we find that our ability to discipline ourselves and reject intrusive influence grows.” – TKV Desikachar, Reflections on Yoga Sutra-s of Patanjal
1.14 Practice takes time, patience, and a positive attitude.
“Persevering practice deeply transforms character and behavior.” – Bernard Bouchard, The Essence of Yoga
1.6 There are five types of thoughts: right knowledge, misapprehension, fantasy, deep sleep, and memory.
“Everything that we experience in life, we experience through the mind. Whatever happens around us, whatever thoughts and feelings arise within, whatever we dream for the future or recollect from the past — all that is a result of the mind’s activity, which falls into five basic categories.” – Devadatta Kali, Managing The Mind
1.7 The sources of right knowledge are direct experience, inference, and verbal testimony.
“We must not mistake right knowledge for absolute truth.” –Devadatta Kali, Managing the Mind
1.2 Yoga is the stilling of the changing states of the mind.
“For a keen student this one Sutra would be enough because the rest of them only explain this one.” – Sri Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali