Issue 24 – Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras: 8 Essential Steps for Your Spiritual Life

by on October 1, 2015

Spiritual Life Magazine Issue 24 Cover


This issue of Practical Spiritual Life Magazine introduces Patanjali and the Yoga Sutras:

• Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras – 8 Essential Steps for Your Spiritual Life
More and more people are eager to go beyond physical yoga and to experience the higher, spiritual dimensions of yoga. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are a popular place to begin this study.
• Self-Expansion
Affirmation and Prayer for Self-Healing
• Samadhi – A Poem by Paramhansa Yogananda
An Experience in Cosmic Consciousness
• Laying the Foundation for Your Spiritual Life
Patanjali’s first 2 steps give us the behavior and attitudes we need to cultivate for our spiritual growth, and most importantly our inner thoughts and attitudes.
• Every Day, Think As You Wake Up
Beautiful Affirmation by the Dalai Lama
• Honoring Wayne Dyer
17 Quotes to Inspire You To Live Your Best Life Right Now
• Now We Come to the Study of Yoga
Two of the three main “philosophies” of ancient India tell us what we need to understand before we can effectively practice yoga.
• How To Quiet Your Mind In Even The Loudest Settings
The disturbance, she realized, came not from the sound itself, but from she resistance to it, from wishing it weren’t there.
• Closing Prayer from St. Therese of Lisieux

Kamala’s Musings

Now autumn is really here with cooler weather and the leaves turning beautiful colors. The CSA harvest is winding down and my box is full of winter squash. So I’m making lots of squash soup. Fall is the perfect time to curl up with a good book or magazine and a cup of hot tea or chocolate or spicy apple cider and delve into something new.

In that spirit, I’m starting a series based on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.

Patanjali was a self-realized master who lived in ancient India and codified the existing teachings of yoga, along with his own realized knowledge, into 196 pithy sutras or aphorisms. The Yoga Sutras contain the most important teachings on the subject of yoga and meditation. Patanjali very succinctly outlines the steps every soul must go through in its journey back to the infinite spirit from which it came.

And this ancient scripture is very much relevant for our busy, modern lives today. Because the sutras reveal universal spiritual tools—not sectarian teachings—that work for anyone, from any path or persuasion, because they are based on inner experience, not outward belief.

I know you will find them as fascinating and as helpful for your spiritual life as I do mine.

This issue introduces Patanjali and the Yoga Sutras. I start with the little that is known about Patanjali’s life and give an overview of his 8-limbed yoga and why he called it that. Then I give an overview of the Do’s and Don’t’s of Yoga—the right attitudes and behaviors that are necessary to even start on the spiritual path. Then I go into the first sutra and some of the subtle meanings it contains that are often overlooked.

Paramhansa Yogananda’s beautiful poem, Samadhi, gives you a taste of the experiences that await you at the end of the journey.

In upcoming issues, I’ll continue on with the sutras and go deeper into how you can apply these teachings to your own life on every level.

I’m sure you’ll find it quite interesting.

With joy and blessings,
Nayaswami Kamala
Creator and Founder, Practical Spiritual Life Magazine

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