Yoga Sutras and the World of the Human Mind

By Vedanta Society, San Francisco

Swami Tattwamayananda’s exposition of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras was given at the Vedanta Society of Northern California, San Francisco (founded by Swami Vivekananda in 1900) from October 10, 2014 to December 21, 2018 in a series of 111 lectures. These lectures include a mixture of philosophy both Eastern and Western, history, psychology, comparative theology, mysticism, classical parables, and simple everyday examples. Patanjali was a great Indian sage who wrote major treatises on Ayurveda, Sanskrit grammar and Yoga. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali contain 195 sutras organized into four chapters. It gives a complete analysis of the mental system, how to transcend mental conflicts by linking the mind to a transcendental spiritual reality and how to become established in our true nature. The classes are given from the viewpoint of Vedanta, one of the oldest philosophies of the world, which constitute the universal spiritual essence of the Vedas, the foundational scriptures of Hinduism. During the exposition, the Swami has drawn extensively from authentic Sanskrit commentaries and interpretative works like ‘Yoga-Bhasya’ of Vyasa, ‘Tattwa-Vaisharadi” of Vachaspati Mishra, ‘Yoga-Varttika’ of Vijnana Bhikshu, ‘Raja-Martanda’ of Bhoja Raja, ‘Yoga-Sudhakara’ of Sadashivendra Saraswati, with occasional references from ‘Yoga-Maniprabha’ of Ramananda Yati, ‘Patanjala-Yogashastra-Vivarana’ of Sri Shankara, and interpretations of Yoga-aphorisms by Swami Vivekananda and Swami Hariharananda Aranya.“By the Vedas no books are meant. They mean the accumulated treasury of spiritual laws discovered by different persons in different times.” “The moral, ethical, and spiritual relations between soul and soul and between individual spirits and the Father of all spirits, were there before their discovery, and would remain even if we forgot them." (Paper on Hinduism, Swami Vivekananda, World's Parliament of Religions 1893)According to this series of classes, the Yoga system of Patanjali reaches its ultimate fulfillment in the conclusions of Vedanta, that there is one all-pervading, immanent, eternal spiritual reality, which is our own true nature. In the original text of Patanjali the order is 1. Samadhipada 2. Sadhanapada 3. Vibhutipada 4. Kaivalyapada. But in this exposition of the Yoga-sutra the speaker has followed a different order, which seems to be more logical from the standpoint of actual Yoga-sadhana, i.e., 1. Sadhanapada 2. Vibhutipada 3. Samadhipada 4. Kaivalyapada. To help beginners in the study of Yoga philosophy, the basic definitions from the first few aphorisms of Samadhipada are explained at the beginning.For more:Web: www.sfvedanta.orgLivestream: https://livestream.com/sfvedantaFacebook: www.facebook.com/sfvedantaYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/SFVedantaAll Original Content © Vedanta Society of Northern California

  1. 1.
    1 - Befriending the Mind | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    54:08
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    6 - Cyclic Creation in Sankhya Philosophy | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    53:49
  3. 3.
    5 – Real Meaning of Citta Vritti Nirodha | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    1:03:06
  4. 4.
    4 – Nothing is Lost: Lord Krishna’s Assurance | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    1:04:03
  5. 5.
    3 – Distinguishing Valid Knowledge | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    1:00:43
  6. 6.
    2 – Concentrating the Mind | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    1:10:42
  7. 7.
    7 – Controlling Vrittis with One Vritti | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    52:49
  8. 8.
    8 – Yamas: The Universal Ethical Disciplines | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    56:11
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    9 – What We Want to Do and What the Mind Allows Us to Do | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    56:38
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    10 – Karmashaya: Turning Away from the Senses and Changing Your Destiny | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    1:19:12
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    12 – Using Actions to Turn away from the Senses | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    1:00:41
  4. 12.
    11 – How to Begin and How to Continue Yoga-Sadhana | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    1:10:20
  5. 13.
    13 – Neutralizing Obsessive Distractions | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    53:53
  6. 14.
    14 – Becoming Aware of Your Obstacles | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    59:24
  7. 15.
    15 – Your Best Friend is Happy When You Are Happy | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    1:03:30
  8. 16.
    17 – Our Misinterpretation of What We Are | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    1:07:19
  9. 17.
    16 – Attaining Inner Contentment and Clarity of Mind | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    1:03:06
  10. 18.
    19 – Transcending Fear and Obsessions | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    1:01:08
  11. 19.
    18 – Who am I? | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    1:03:30
  12. 20.
    20 – Countering Negativity | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    1:01:25
  13. 21.
    21 - Why Do We Behave the Way We Behave? | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    58:48
  14. 22.
    22 - Every Day You Can Start a New Life | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    1:11:01
  15. 23.
    24 – The Sensitive Eye of the Yogi | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    1:14:44
  16. 24.
    23 - Avoiding Future Suffering by Identifying the Source of Suffering | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    1:05:19
  17. 25.
    25 – Review: The World of Human Mind | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    1:01:56
  18. 26.
    26 – The Greatest Bliss is Desirelessness | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    1:09:07
  19. 27.
    27 – Raja-Rishi: Both a King and a Sage | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    1:09:07
  20. 28.
    28 – Try to Worry About Something Higher | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    57:13
  21. 29.
    29 – The Mind is a Magnet: The Power of a High Ideal | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    53:13
  22. 30.
    31 – The Nature of Awareness and Self-Awareness | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    59:37
  23. 31.
    30 – Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas Gunas | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    1:05:47
  24. 32.
    32 – The Whole Universe is a Vehicle for Our Realization of Freedom | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    1:08:23
  25. 33.
    33 – World is a Gymnasium, You Don’t Live in a Gymnasium | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    1:00:26
  26. 34.
    35 – Spiritual Awakening: Viveka-Khyati | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    54:48
  27. 35.
    34 – Spiritual Sleep: Avidya | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    59:44
  28. 36.
    36 – Seven Stages of Spiritual Discernment, Ashtanga Yoga as the Method | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    1:02:15
  29. 37.
    37 – Yamas Form Foundation, Niyamas Generate Positive Energy | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    1:06:52
  30. 38.
    39 – Ahimsa or Nonviolence: Direct and Indirect | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    1:03:38
  31. 39.
    38 – Countering the 27 Types of Mental Pollution | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    57:10
  32. 40.
    40 – The Natural Consequences of Perfection in Yamas | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    1:07:08
  33. 41.
    41 – Niyamas: Utilization of Mental Energy | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    58:01
  34. 42.
    42 – Deep Contemplation: Perfect Study and Effortless Posture | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    1:04:32
  35. 43.
    43 – Stages of Pranayama: Harmonization of Breath and Energy | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    1:00:17
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    45 – The Mind Becomes Your Inner Guide | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    1:02:56
  37. 45.
    44 – Pratyahara: Turning the Mind Inward | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    1:11:50
  38. 46.
    46 – Fixing the Mind on One Point | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    57:15
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    47 – The Language of Samadhi is Silence | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    55:29
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    48 – A Genius’s Natural Concentration Versus a Yogi’s Free Concentration | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    1:03:16
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    49 – Yearning For Freedom and Spiritual Transformation | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    58:32
  42. 50.
    50 – Prajna: Attaining the Light of Pure Awareness | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda
    57:12

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