Practice is Work and also Play

“We must always work, and a self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood. If we wait for the mood, without endeavouring to meet it half-way, we easily become indolent and apathetic. We must be patient, and believe that inspiration will come to those who can master their disinclination.” Tchaikovsky 

 Variation of Rajakapotāsana~~king pigeon pose

Variation of Rajakapotāsana~~king pigeon pose

 

“Time’s positive effect is the acquisition of knowledge. The experience of the past supports the present, and progress in the present builds a sound foundation for the future. One uses the past as a guide to develop discriminative power, alertness and awareness which smooth the path for Self-Realization. The yogi who studies in depth this unique rotation of time keeps aloof from the movement of moments; he rests in the present, at which crucial point desires are kept in abeyance. Thus he becomes clear of head, clean of heart, and free from time, which binds consciousness.

When the conjunction between the movement of moments and consciousness terminates, freedom and beatitude, kaivalya, are experienced.” Commentary on Sūtra IV.12

Excerpt From

Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

B. K. S. Iyengar