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Yoga Sutras and the World of 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.org Livestream: https://livestream.com/sfvedanta Facebook: www.facebook.com/sfvedanta YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/SFVedanta All Original Content © Vedanta Society of Northern California

  1. 1.
    111 – Ashtanga Yoga and Freedom | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda03/13/2019
    1:01:34
  2. 2.
    110 – Samskaras: the Mystery of Human Character | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda03/13/2019
    56:37
  3. 3.
    109 – Cloud of Virtue: What the Great Prophets Had | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda03/12/2019
    55:45
  4. 4.
    108 – The Real Seer is Self-Revealing | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda03/12/2019
    1:03:24
  5. 5.
    107 – The Unchanging Behind the Changing | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda03/12/2019
    59:54
  6. 6.
    106 – Objects and Minds in Buddhism and Yoga | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda03/12/2019
    51:38
  7. 7.
    104 – Desires Without Beginning But With an End | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda03/12/2019
    1:03:09
  8. 8.
    105 – Continuing Our Spiritual Journey across Space, Time, and Lives | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda03/12/2019
    1:04:10
  1. 9.
    103 – Manifestation of Divinity Already in Man | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda03/12/2019
    1:08:01
  2. 10.
    102 - Liberation From Ourselves | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda03/10/2019
    1:09:38
  3. 11.
    101 – Reaching the Soul: Transcendence of Ritambhara-Prajna | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda03/04/2019
    1:03:55
  4. 12.
    100 – Realization is Religion, the Rest is Preparation | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda03/03/2019
    1:01:44
  5. 13.
    99 – Dehypnotization: Reverse Evolution | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda03/03/2019
    1:06:06
  6. 14.
    98 – Sound, Meaning, Knowledge: Together and Separate | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda03/02/2019
    1:02:16
  7. 15.
    97 – Crystal Mind and Blessedness | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda03/02/2019
    1:00:43
  8. 16.
    94 – Pravrtti: Transcendental Experience Destroys Doubt | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda03/01/2019
    1:07:34
  9. 17.
    95 – Mental System is a Mirror Reflecting Our Spiritual Nature | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda03/01/2019
    1:11:51
  10. 18.
    96 – Concentration with Freedom is Samapatti | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda03/01/2019
    1:05:01
  11. 19.
    92 – Countering Despair: Four Doors to Peace | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda03/01/2019
    1:11:24
  12. 20.
    93 – Prana: Cutting New Channels Through the Mental System | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda03/01/2019
    1:12:28
  13. 21.
    91 – Prana: Infinite Cosmic Energy | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/28/2019
    58:36
  14. 22.
    90 – Managing Human Relationships: Joy Without Its Opposite | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/28/2019
    53:52
  15. 23.
    88 – The 9 Psychological Obstacles | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/28/2019
    56:17
  16. 24.
    89 – Danger of Delusions | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/28/2019
    1:07:49
  17. 25.
    87 – Grace and Self-Effort: A Lamp Lighted | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/28/2019
    1:06:24
  18. 26.
    86 – As We Evolve, Our Conception of God Evolves | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/27/2019
    1:04:27
  19. 27.
    84 – This Yoga is My Path: The Characteristic of a Real Yogi | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/27/2019
    56:40
  20. 28.
    85 – Returning to Our True Home: Intensification of Spiritual Life | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/27/2019
    56:51
  21. 29.
    83 – All These Delusions Will Vanish | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/27/2019
    1:01:51
  22. 30.
    82 – Beyond Good And Evil | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/27/2019
    1:09:23
  23. 31.
    81 – Asamprajnata Samadhi: Not Only Mastery but Freedom | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/26/2019
    57:35
  24. 32.
    80 – 25 Cosmic Principles and Mastery of Nature | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/26/2019
    54:30
  25. 33.
    77 – Long Practice of Dispassion Leads to Concentration Filled with Transcendental Insight | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/26/2019
    59:56
  26. 34.
    78 – Review: Breaking Free From Our Mental Cycles | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/26/2019
    53:07
  27. 35.
    79 – Highest Dispassion: Going Beyond the Three Gunas | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/26/2019
    1:08:02
  28. 36.
    76 – Renunciation Becomes a Method of Enjoying this World | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/25/2019
    1:06:08
  29. 37.
    75 – Detachment Means Identifying With a Higher Ideal | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/25/2019
    56:04
  30. 38.
    74 – Directing the Mental River toward Auspiciousness | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/25/2019
    1:09:09
  31. 39.
    73 – Dispassion Becomes Effortless Like a Continuous Flow of Oil | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/25/2019
    53:36
  32. 40.
    72 – The Most Important Practice: The Meaning of Dispassion | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/25/2019
    57:24
  33. 41.
    70 – Valid, False, and Imaginary Knowledge All Influence Us | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/23/2019
    1:06:22
  34. 42.
    71 – You Are Never Too Late | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/23/2019
    53:25
  35. 43.
    68 – Experiences that We Identify With Form Our Character | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/23/2019
    1:05:46
  36. 44.
    69 – Yoga: Destroying the Magnetism of the Mind | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/23/2019
    1:03:51
  37. 45.
    66 – What Is Left is the Buddha | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/23/2019
    58:36
  38. 46.
    67- How to Take Life in Its Completeness | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/23/2019
    1:15:51
  39. 47.
    65 – Atha: The Spiritual Fitness of the Seeker | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/23/2019
    58:41
  40. 48.
    64 – If You Bring Light, Darkness Goes Away Immediately | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/23/2019
    55:43
  41. 49.
    63 – Running Away or Running Towards Something Higher? | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/23/2019
    1:05:52
  42. 50.
    60 – Prarabdha Karma: The Karma Responsible For This Life | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/23/2019
    59:35
  43. 51.
    61 – Regulating Relations With All to See God Everywhere | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/23/2019
    55:12
  44. 52.
    62 – Renunciation of Powers Opens the Gate to Freedom | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/23/2019
    55:35
  45. 53.
    59 – Yogic Intuition: Going Beyond Reason in Spiritual Life | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/22/2019
    1:00:09
  46. 54.
    57 – Krishna’s Smile: Intuitive Understanding of Past, Present, Future | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/22/2019
    1:00:44
  47. 55.
    58 – A Yogi Can Cognize the Whole World | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/22/2019
    56:18
  48. 56.
    55 – Where Do Our Invisible Mental Blocks Come From? | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/22/2019
    58:23
  49. 57.
    56 – All Past Impressions Washed Off | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/22/2019
    1:02:53
  50. 58.
    54 – Reaching Freedom: Facing all Temptations with Indifference | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/22/2019
    1:08:32
  51. 59.
    52 – The Emergence of a Secondary Personality | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/21/2019
    1:06:27
  52. 60.
    53 – Effortlessness is the Sign of Freedom | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/21/2019
    53:37
  53. 61.
    51 – Problem of Fragmentation of Mind | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/21/2019
    58:32
  54. 62.
    50 – Prajna: Attaining the Light of Pure Awareness | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/20/2019
    57:12
  55. 63.
    49 – Yearning For Freedom and Spiritual Transformation | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/20/2019
    58:32
  56. 64.
    48 – A Genius’s Natural Concentration Versus a Yogi’s Free Concentration | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/20/2019
    1:03:16
  57. 65.
    47 – The Language of Samadhi is Silence | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/20/2019
    55:29
  58. 66.
    46 – Fixing the Mind on One Point | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/20/2019
    57:15
  59. 67.
    44 – Pratyahara: Turning the Mind Inward | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/20/2019
    1:11:50
  60. 68.
    45 – The Mind Becomes Your Inner Guide | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/20/2019
    1:02:56
  61. 69.
    43 – Stages of Pranayama: Harmonization of Breath and Energy | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/20/2019
    1:00:17
  62. 70.
    42 – Deep Contemplation: Perfect Study and Effortless Posture | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/20/2019
    1:04:32
  63. 71.
    41 – Niyamas: Utilization of Mental Energy | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/20/2019
    58:01
  64. 72.
    40 – The Natural Consequences of Perfection in Yamas | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/20/2019
    1:07:08
  65. 73.
    38 – Countering the 27 Types of Mental Pollution | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/20/2019
    57:10
  66. 74.
    39 – Ahimsa or Nonviolence: Direct and Indirect | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/20/2019
    1:03:38
  67. 75.
    37 – Yamas Form Foundation, Niyamas Generate Positive Energy | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/20/2019
    1:06:52
  68. 76.
    36 – Seven Stages of Spiritual Discernment, Ashtanga Yoga as the Method | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/19/2019
    1:02:15
  69. 77.
    34 – Spiritual Sleep: Avidya | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/19/2019
    59:44
  70. 78.
    35 – Spiritual Awakening: Viveka-Khyati | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/19/2019
    54:48
  71. 79.
    33 – World is a Gymnasium, You Don’t Live in a Gymnasium | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/19/2019
    1:00:26
  72. 80.
    32 – The Whole Universe is a Vehicle for Our Realization of Freedom | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/19/2019
    1:08:23
  73. 81.
    30 – Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas Gunas | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/19/2019
    1:05:47
  74. 82.
    31 – The Nature of Awareness and Self-Awareness | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/19/2019
    59:37
  75. 83.
    29 – The Mind is a Magnet: The Power of a High Ideal | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/19/2019
    53:13
  76. 84.
    28 – Try to Worry About Something Higher | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/19/2019
    57:13
  77. 85.
    27 – Raja-Rishi: Both a King and a Sage | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/19/2019
    1:09:07
  78. 86.
    26 – The Greatest Bliss is Desirelessness | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/18/2019
    1:09:07
  79. 87.
    25 – Review: The World of Human Mind | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/18/2019
    1:01:56
  80. 88.
    23 - Avoiding Future Suffering by Identifying the Source of Suffering | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/17/2019
    1:05:19
  81. 89.
    24 – The Sensitive Eye of the Yogi | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/17/2019
    1:14:44
  82. 90.
    22 - Every Day You Can Start a New Life | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/17/2019
    1:11:01
  83. 91.
    21 - Why Do We Behave the Way We Behave? | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/17/2019
    58:48
  84. 92.
    20 – Countering Negativity | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/17/2019
    1:01:25
  85. 93.
    18 – Who am I? | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/17/2019
    1:03:30
  86. 94.
    19 – Transcending Fear and Obsessions | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/17/2019
    1:01:08
  87. 95.
    16 – Attaining Inner Contentment and Clarity of Mind | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/17/2019
    1:03:06
  88. 96.
    17 – Our Misinterpretation of What We Are | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/17/2019
    1:07:19
  89. 97.
    15 – Your Best Friend is Happy When You Are Happy | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/17/2019
    1:03:30
  90. 98.
    14 – Becoming Aware of Your Obstacles | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/17/2019
    59:24
  91. 99.
    13 – Neutralizing Obsessive Distractions | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/17/2019
    53:53
  92. 100.
    11 – How to Begin and How to Continue Yoga-Sadhana | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/16/2019
    1:10:20
  93. 101.
    12 – Using Actions to Turn away from the Senses | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/16/2019
    1:00:41
  94. 102.
    10 – Karmashaya: Turning Away from the Senses and Changing Your Destiny | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/16/2019
    1:19:12
  95. 103.
    9 – What We Want to Do and What the Mind Allows Us to Do | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/16/2019
    56:38
  96. 104.
    8 – Yamas: The Universal Ethical Disciplines | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/16/2019
    56:11
  97. 105.
    7 – Controlling Vrittis with One Vritti | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/16/2019
    52:49
  98. 106.
    2 – Concentrating the Mind | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/16/2019
    1:10:42
  99. 107.
    3 – Distinguishing Valid Knowledge | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/16/2019
    1:00:43
  100. 108.
    4 – Nothing is Lost: Lord Krishna’s Assurance | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/16/2019
    1:04:03
  101. 109.
    5 – Real Meaning of Citta Vritti Nirodha | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/16/2019
    1:03:06
  102. 110.
    6 - Cyclic Creation in Sankhya Philosophy | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/16/2019
    53:49
  103. 111.
    1 - Befriending the Mind | Patanjali Yoga Sutras | Swami Tattwamayananda02/12/2019
    1:00:31

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