Ever since I first read I.K. Taimni’s The Science of Yoga, I’ve become captivated by not only the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and similar yogic texts, but also the different translations that come about from the original Sanskrit verses. The same text that is translated by multiple authors can produce a wide range of translations and commentaries – some better, or truer, than others. But how can we judge the quality of the translation unless we study the original work ourselves?
Why ‘Sanskrit Sunday’?
As a busy person caught up in the corporate rat race, I was quickly becoming disillusioned by the ways of those around me, by my work and what I thought was a life of little meaning and personal growth. Unfulfillment.
To remedy this, I launched myself into daily mindfulness and gratitude practices, and continued with my own studies of yoga philosophies and practices. I decided to dedicate some time on Sundays to these studies.
Sanskrit Sunday is my way of sharing some of my learnings. It also gives me the impetus to keep studying, to remember to be mindful, to keep growing.
A mindfulness project
“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
Most definitions of mindfulness, or living mindfully, come down to a simple concept: focus. Mindfulness is about paying attention to the present moment. Being in the here and now.
To me, living mindfully is also about self-awareness. It is the conscious – and subconscious – practice of viveka (discernment, discrimination between the real and the unreal) and vairāgya (dispassion, impartiality, non-attachment) in everyday life.
My mindfulness project is made up of three elements:
- Mindful creations – unique gifts that empower, inspire and resonate
- Mindful studies of the wisdom from yogic texts
- Mindful writing about my own personal journey
The pieces I create are unique tributes to my mindfulness practice. So much of my inspiration comes from my yoga studies, as well as from my adventures through this life. These pieces are reflections of our capacity for inner growth.
My studies of Sanskrit wisdom really only scratch the surface of the deeper wisdom within. So much of the knowledge is really beyond our comprehension. I hope the snippets that I share provide inspiration and upliftment.
My blog is my go to when I need to clear the cobwebs from my brain. Although I write about my own journey, I am really more interested in other peoples’stories. Leave a comment on my posts or send me a message so I can follow your page.