Usually I hear Isvara pranidhana, dedication to God, presented as one of the paths, an option that one might choose according to his or her temperament. My reading of the Yoga Sutras and my personal experience indicate that Isvara pranidhana, along with the other yamas and niyamas, is more a prerequisite than an option.
Tapas begins to make sense only when we understand that pain—psychological or physical—is a sign that we have encountered a limitation in ourselves.
Recipe for curried spinach and potatoes.
We want these things when we still have not realized that there is Somebody in us always who is caring for us every minute, who loves us every minute. If you realized that you wouldn’t need somebody else to love you.
Happiness is the altar of God within you. That lasting inner joy is the only important thing to strive for in life.
By perseverance it can be gained. —Paramahansa Yogananda
The repetitive nature of chanting causes us to breathe more deeply, slowly, and more rhythmically
After all, some things simply cannot be changed or made to happen no matter how stressed out we become in the effort. So why suffer for nothing?
Finding sthira sukham (comfort and steadiness) is the objective of any asana.
But, if in your fear, you would seek only love’s peace and love’s pleasure, Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love’s threshing-floor, Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.
When would you want to prove yourself to have attained that balanced state? During adversities. When everything goes smoothly, then you are easily balanced. “Ahh, wonderful. l am so peaceful.” Fine, but what if somebody comes and says, “Hey, you rogue! What are you doing here?” Your mind should still say, “Ahh, how peaceful l am.”