Yoga Sutra Illustration 1.21

tivra samveganam asannah

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 1.21

tivra = vigorous
samvaganam = enthusiasm, passion
asannah = brings nearer

This one seems to say that if there is vigorous enthusiasm then you will get nearer to illumination. The fire is to represent vigorous enthusiasm and the people (and dog) around the fire are illuminated by it.

Yoga Sutra Illustration 1.20

sraddha virya smrti samadhi prajna purvaka itaresam

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 1.20

sraddha = faith
virya = vigour
smrti = memory
samadhi = contemplation
prajna = wisdom
purvakah = precedes
itaresam = for the others

Did a slightly abstract drawing, where I tried to include aspects of faith, vigour, memory, contemplation and wisdom.

Yoga Sutra Illustration 1.19

bhava pratyayo videha prakrti layanam

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 1.19

bhava = birth
pratyayo = cause, seed
videha = bodiless beings
prakrti layanam = merged with nature

I drew a picture of mount Fuji to represent the feeling when you see something beautiful and it takes your breathe away and you disappear for a moment and only the beautiful view exists – maybe that’s touching the edge of merging with nature.

Yoga Sutra Illustration 1.17

vitarka vicara ananda asmita rupa anugamat samprajnatah

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 1.17

vitarka = reasoning
vicara = reflecting
ananda = bliss
asmita = oneness
rupa = form
anugamat = happens
samprajnatah = [samadhi] with consciousness

I drew a flower to represent the kind of consciousness described in this sutra.

Yoga Sutra Illustration 1.16

tat param purusa khyateh guna vaitrsnyam

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 1.16

tat = that
param = supreme
purusa = clear consciousness
khyateh = realization
guna = the three qualities
vaitrsnyam = free from desire

For this one I thought it would be a kind of freedom so I drew a picture to try and represent that 🙂

Yoga Sutra Illustration 1.15

drsta anushravita visaya vitrshnasya vasikara samjna vairagyam

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 1.15

drsta = seen
anushravita = heard
visaya = objects
vitrshnasya = who has control over desires
vasikara = mastery
samjna = consciousness
vairagyam = aligning with what is

I feel that this isn’t just about asceticism and renouncing things we want, and could also be something we naturally grow into or already are without realising it. Similar to the unconditional love that a parent has for a child that is just giving, doesn’t need anything in return and just flows out without any effort.

Yoga Sutra Illustration 1.14

Over time continued earnest practice becomes firmly grounded

sa tu dirgha kala nairantarya satkara sevito drdha bhumih

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 1.14

sa = this
tu = and
dirgha = long
kala = time
nairantarya = continuous
satkara = earnestness
asevito = well attended to
drdha = firm
bhumih = ground

I drew the tree roots to represent firm grounded-ness and the people are doing a balance pose, to represent continued earnest practice.

Yoga Sutra Illustration 1.13

Practice is efforts to settle your thoughts

tatra sthitau yatnobhyasa
तत्र स्थितौ यत्नोऽभ्यासः

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 1.13

tatra = there
sthitau = situate, settle
yatna = effort
abhyasa = practice, repetition

This is much easier said than done!
As well as yoga and exercise, I find drawing seems to help..
What helps you settle your thoughts?

Yoga Sutra Illustration 1.12

Repeated practice and aligning with what is settles thoughts

abhyasa vairagya abhyam tan nirodah

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 1.12

abhyasa = practice, repetition
vairagya = aligning with what is
abhyam = together
tan = they
nirodah = supress, restrain

This could be interpreted in so many ways.

I quite like the idea that it means take repeated action towards what you think you want, but without attachment to the result of the action. While trusting that even if it doesn’t work out the way you hoped, it somehow brought you closer to what you ultimately want.

Mini Terrariums

I made these with my son Dan in lockdown and some of them are still alive and healthy!

To make some terrariums you will need:

  • Glass jars with lids
  • sand and/or gravel (optional)
  • earth
  • moss
  • pebbles, twigs, etc for decoration
  • water spray bottle (or just water)

Put in the sand or gravel first if you them, then the earth, then moss and decorate with pebbles and twigs if you like. Spray or sprinkle some water over the moss and put the lid on the jar. Put the terrariums somewhere you can enjoy them!

To care for the terrarium, occasionally open the jar and add fresh water if needed.