Sunday, December 8, 2013
And so it goes
Sadhana = "accomplishing", spiritual discipline
Twenty minutes meditation/pranayama and twenty minutes of poses now leave me feeling a bit like a slacker. Wonder what the sanskrit word for that would be? Google result: A slacker way of saying...
“Nah, I'm gonna stay” = Namaste Very funny.
Every morning we would read from Light on the Yoga Sutras. A translation of course, but peppered with sanskrit, and then BKS' elaboration on the meaning of Patanjali's sutras. My mind would often drift in easy distraction.
The original recorded text is composed of 196 aphorisms that have been translated and interpreted exponentially. Potent stuff.
Sometimes I think it would be easier, alone in a cave, or cloistered away, to reach a state of enlightenment. No one to test your patience and no need to chase a dollar. From my solitary 40 minutes in the morning, I understand of course, that's not true, you just enter the realms of 'man against himself' or 'man against nature'.
Samsara = the finite world of change, as opposed to the ultimate Reality (brahman or nirvana)
From a glossary of sanskrit words
Akasha = "ether/space", the first of the five material elements of which the physical universe is composed; also used to designate "inner" space, that is, the space of consciousness
Maya = sanskrit for 'the great illusion'
Neti-neti = ("not thus, not thus"), an Upanishadic expression meant to convey that the ultimate Reality is neither this nor that, that is, is beyond all description
It seems most sanskrit words end in soft and open vowels, sing-song in cadence, the sounds we make in wonderment, pain, confusion "ahh" "oh" "ee" "au"
.... coupled with the sound of pleasure, satiety, ponderment... "mmmmmm"