Poetry Of The Yoga Sutras

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Sutra translations by I.K. Taimni, The Science of Yoga
Poetry copyright Shelley Lynne Cummins


The yoga sutras were the first known documentation of the arts of yoga.
Yoga means union, combining all parts into wholeness. Sutra means thread or cord.
Each sutra is a drop of truth merging into the ocean of unity.
These truths are to be sung, chanted, reverberated, contemplated,
danced, and celebrated into all layers of existence.

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Poetry Of The Yoga Sutras

  1. 1. Poetry of the Yoga Sutras Sutra translations by I.K. Taimni, The Science of Yoga Poetry copyright Shelley Lynne Cummins Photography by Shelley Lynne Cummins The yoga sutras were the first known documentation of the arts of yoga. Yoga means union, combining all parts into wholeness. Sutra means thread or cord. Each sutra is a drop of truth merging into the ocean of unity. These truths are to be sung, chanted, reverberated, contemplated, danced, and celebrated into all layers of existence.
  2. 2. Yoga Sutra 1 Ata Yoga Nusashanam (atah~yoga~new~sa~sha~nam) Now the Discipline of Yoga Disciple of my lord Living as me The Guide Through layers of existence Live now Enter in Know eternity
  3. 3. Yoga Sutra 2 Yogas chitta - vritti nirodhah (Yoga ~schitah~vritee~ni~ro~da~ha) Yoga is the selective awareness of the waves of the mind When awake I watch The dream of night and day When awake I choose To live as radiating All encompassing light
  4. 4. Yoga Sutra 3 Tada drastuh svarupe 'vastanam (Ta~da~drash~tu~sva~ru~pay~vash~tanam) The seer is established in his or her own essential and fundamental nature The gold at the seat of the rainbow A moving foundation Knowing I Am All~ways at home
  5. 5. Yoga Sutra 4 Vritti-sarupyam itaratra (Vritee~sa~rupyum~i~tara~tra) In states of mind other than yoga, the seer is identified with the waves of the mind As parts of me dispatch and flee Dreams go on endlessly Company of asuras I keep In sufferings and rebirth Yet in an instant I can choose anew Re~membering I Am free, gone, and beyond Only as the One
  6. 6. Yoga Sutra 5 Vrttayah pancatayyah klistaklistah (Vritya~pancha~taya~klistah~klistah) The waves or modifications of the mind are five-fold and are painful or non-painful. A pendulum the mind Ability to live extreme A pleasure and a pain Great God within Chose to know All experience of all terrains
  7. 7. Yoga Sutra 6 Pramana-viparay-vikalpa-nidra-smrtayah (Pra~manah~vi~paray~vi~kalpah~ni~dra~smar~ta~yah) They are right knowledge, wrong knowledge, fancy, sleep, and memory. I know The truth within The falsity of my lie The wisdom from my process Illusions flying in my mind My karmas acting out in astral worlds And my forever changing past All are there for me to know, use, and grow
  8. 8. Yoga Sutra 7 Pratyaksanumanagamah prmanani (Pratyak~shanum~anag~amah~praman~ani) Facts of right knowledge are based on direct cognition, inference, or testimony. Truth Is that Found within the well of you Drunken till all is wet & experiences have paved the lessons and the way
  9. 9. Yoga Sutra 8 Viparyayo mithya jnanam atad ~rupa~pratistham (Vipar~ya~yo~mit~ya~janan~am~rupa~prat~ish~tam) Wrong knowledge is a false conception of a thing whose real form does not correspond to such a mistaken concept. When the well is hidden Mortal liquids still are found Yet only divine nectar Can quench a never~ending thirst
  10. 10. Yoga Sutra 9 Sabda~jnananupati~vast~sunyo vikalpah (Shabda~janan~anupati~vast ~shunyo~vi~kal ~pah) An image conjured up by words without any substance behind it , is fancy. Oh words That wander far from home Picking up colorful delusions As they stray Truth awaits the real thoughts Sent to form From the eternal home
  11. 11. Yoga Sutra 10 Abava-pratyayalambana vrittir nidra (A-bava-pratya-ya-lam-bana-vrit-tir-ni-dra) That modification of the mind which is based on the absence of any content in it is sleep. There is a part In me That can live ignorantly free A sleepwalking giant Unaware In duality & suffering
  12. 12. Yoga Sutra 11 Anubhata-Visayasampramosah smrith (Anu-ba-tah-Vishaya-sam-pramosh-ah-smir-ti) Memory is not allowing an object which has been experienced to escape. My prisoner Refusing to evolve Journey to new Until I release the past Forgive, allow the now Reforming my prisoner Into the beloved true
  13. 13. Yoga Sutra 12 Abhyasa-vairagyabhyam tan-nirodhah (A-biyasa-varigya-biyam-tan-ni-ro-di-ha) The selective awareness of mental waves is brought about by persistent practice and non-attachment. How do I choose The absolute of truthfulness? Death of desires And everything I knew Immortality appears And dawns the wishes which have always been here In the blessed now
  14. 14. Yoga Sutra 13 Tatra Sthitau yatno bhyasah (Ta-tra-Shtit-ow-yat-no-bi-ya-sah) Abhaysa is the effort for being firmly established in the yogic state. A quality of the beyond The desire to be An all encompassing self This unity lives in me I free this lord Into now
  15. 15. Yoga Sutra 14 Sa tu dirgha-kala-nairantarya-satkarasevito drdha-bhumih (Sa-tu-dir-gha-ka-la-nairan-tar-ya-satkar-ashi-vi-to-dir-dah-bu-mih) Steady practice becomes firmly grounded on being continued for a long time, without interruption and with reverent devotion. Truth takes it's roots Blooms & perfumes With constant sun, Watering, maintenance, And love
  16. 16. Yoga Sutra 15 Drstanusravika-visaya-vitrsnasya vasikara-samjna vairagyam (Drish-stanu-shra-vika-vish-aya-vitra-shna-sya-va-shikara-sam-jna-va-rigyam) The consciousness of perfect mastery of desires in the case of one who has ceased to crave for objects, seen or unseen, is Vairagya. As the wishes For worldly charms And ideas of such Be simple play A yogi's inner garden blooms All truth is cared for Grown, ingested, And showered out to others This place of bliss Heaven has an earthly temple Inside this glorious vehicle Known as me
  17. 17. Jai Sri Yogis! Praise to the Beloved One www.JaiSriYogis.com Shelley Lynne Cummins

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