Ahymsin Newsletter: Yoga is Samadhi
  AHYMSIN Newsletter, Issue - Dec 2012  

Shiva Meets Patañjali
(Shiva Begegnet Patañjali)

by Stephen Parker (Stoma)

On the weekend of October 19-21 Yoga Zentrum Innsbruck, Austria,  sponsored a seminar on the connections between the Shiva Sutras and the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali.

The seminar was conducted by Stoma (Dr. Stephen Parker) and Tejaswini Chandariah. People have been used to seeing Tejaswini primarily as Swami Veda’s traveling assistant, but she is also a fine hatha yoga teacher, and she relished the opportunity to teach again. Tejas had taught hatha in a previous seminar in Innsbruck in 2007 and the students at Yoga Zentrum Innsbruck were anxious to have her back.

The seminar focused not just on an academic account of connections between these systems. The focus was to teach the fundamentals of the Kashmir Shaiva system of yoga meditation practice with their initial practica and then to interpret these practices in terms of how they connect to the Patanajala system in the Yoga Sutras. These studies easily become primarily an intellectual exercise. Studied along with the practica, especially after some years of meditation experience, they open a stunning and joyful vista on the experience of meditation that completes the picture provided by Patañjali.

The Yoga Sutras begin from our everyday experience and move the student towards enlightenment by gradually excluding from awareness all that is non-Self.

The Shiva Sutras look at the process of spiritual growth from the experience of Self and show how that experience indwells every experience in life so that every experience can become an opportunity for enlightenment, even taking a sip of orange juice.


Editor’s Note:

Yoga Zentrum Innsbruck’s website: http://www.yoga-tirol.at

Michael Kissener, on the centre’s team, is a mantra initiator in our tradition.