Laghunyāsaḥ Mantra

Laghunyāsaḥ Mantra

This is a Vedic chant from the Taittirīya-brāhmaṇa. It is chanted to assist those suffering from ill health or if you yourself are unwell. It draws on the elements, the planets and deities as powers that exist within us and asks for nourishment. This chant is called...
The Five States of the Afflictions

The Five States of the Afflictions

The forms of suffering, or afflictions (kleshas), according to Patanjali, are ignorance, egotism, desire, aversion and fear of death. In stanza II.4 he points out that forms of suffering do not just occur in the fully active form but also in the so-called dormant,...
Uniting Opposites in Asana

Uniting Opposites in Asana

More on what posture was designed to be. A few weeks back I posted my commentary to Patanjali’s sutras II.46 and II.47, showing how far removed modern yoga has become from it’s original concept. Here now sutra II.48, which deepens the inquiry: II.48 In asana there is...