I bow to Saraswati, the Goddess of words and writing;
“Knowledge gained from inference and scriptures is of one kind. But knowledge gained from Samadhi is of a much higher order, going beyond inference and scripture and penetrating where they cannot go.” I.49 of the Yoga Sutras
Here you will find inspiration to study the scriptures of yoga deeply, authentically, and with clarity and passion. Much of what you will read here is based on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (of various translations, and abbreviated YS) and also the Bhagavad Gita (abbreviated BG, the translation will be referenced). Other texts will be referenced fully when used. Please take these readings as a jumping off point to further your own svadhyaya (study of sacred literature).
It is this passage from the Bhagavad Gita that inspired this blog and from where its name comes:
Nothing in the world can purify
as powerfully as wisdom;
practiced in yoga, you will find
this wisdom within yourself.
Resolute, restraining his senses,
the man of faith becomes wise;
once he attains true wisdom,
he soon attains perfect peace.
Ignorant men without faith
are easily mired in doubt;
they can never be truly happy
in this world or the world beyond.
A man is not bound by action
who renounces action through yoga,
who concentrates on the Self,
and whose doubt is cut off by wisdom.
THEREFORE, WITH THE SWORD OF WISDOM
CUT OFF THIS DOUBT IN YOUR HEART;
FOLLOW THE PATH OF SELFLESS
ACTION; STAND UP, ARJUNA!