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  • THE ESSENTIAL

    YOGA SUTRA

    Ancient Wisdom for Your Yoga

    Geshe Michael Roach&

    Christie McNally

  • by the same authors

    The Diamond Cutter:The Buddha on Managing

    Your Business and Your Life*

    The Tibetan Book of Yoga*

    The Garden: A Parable*

    How Yoga Works

    The 18 Books of the Foundation SeriesAsian Classics Institute

    The 10 Meditation ModulesAsian Classics Institute

    *published by Doubleday/Random House

  • Dedicated to the memory ofSamuel D. Atkins

    (1911-2002)

    Professor of Sanskrit;Chairman, Department of Classics,

    Princeton University;and a good man.

  • TABLE OF CONTENTS

    FOREWORD -----------------------------------------------------------------------i

    Yogi, Dancer, Thinker, Doctor ------------------------------------------- 1

    FIRST CORNERSTONE: THE CHAPTER ON MEDITATION ----------------------------------------------3

    It Begins with Meditation --------------------------------------------------5The Power of Humility -----------------------------------------------------6To Become Whole ------------------------------------------------------------7The Seer ------------------------------------------------------------------------8A Day in the Mind -----------------------------------------------------------9Right Seeing -----------------------------------------------------------------10A Leaf in the Road ---------------------------------------------------------11Pictures in the Mind -------------------------------------------------------12Approaching the Door ----------------------------------------------------13The Power of Daily Practice ---------------------------------------------14Attachment to Distraction ----------------------------------------------- 15Attachment to Illusion ----------------------------------------------------16Meditation Traps -----------------------------------------------------------17Bombs that Never Explode ----------------------------------------------18The Five Powers ------------------------------------------------------------19The Four Stages -------------------------------------------------------------20The Master -------------------------------------------------------------------21Serving ------------------------------------------------------------------------22The Highest of Prayers --------------------------------------------------- 23Beginning Obstacles -------------------------------------------------------24Ultimate Obstacles ---------------------------------------------------------25Inner and Outer -------------------------------------------------------------26The Four Infinite Thoughts ----------------------------------------------27Bright and Clear ------------------------------------------------------------28Freedom from Selfishness ------------------------------------------------29The Deeper Powers --------------------------------------------------------30

  • Path of the Diamond ------------------------------------------------------31Remember What You Saw -----------------------------------------------32Approaching the Goal ---------------------------------------------------- 33Beyond All Fear ------------------------------------------------------------ 34The End of the Seeds ------------------------------------------------------35

    SECOND CORNERSTONE: THE CHAPTER ON THE WAY -------------------------------------------------37

    Reaching to Reach ----------------------------------------------------------39The True Enemy ------------------------------------------------------------40The Four Mistakes ---------------------------------------------------------41The Beginning of Me ------------------------------------------------------42Is It Wrong to Like Things? ----------------------------------------------43Fixing the World ----------------------------------------------------------- 44Where the World Comes From -----------------------------------------45Where Pain Comes From -------------------------------------------------46Why Things Fall Apart --------------------------------------------------- 47Why Good People Suffer -------------------------------------------------48Everything We See ---------------------------------------------------------49The Two Realities ----------------------------------------------------------50The Loneliness of Seeing -------------------------------------------------51Whos in Control? ----------------------------------------------------------52To See the Illusion ----------------------------------------------------------53The Eight Limbs ------------------------------------------------------------54Self-Control ------------------------------------------------------------------55A Code for All of Us -------------------------------------------------------56Commitments ---------------------------------------------------------------57Destroying Old Bad Karma ----------------------------------------------58The Four Forces -------------------------------------------------------------59In Your Presence ----------------------------------------------------------- 60Where Money Comes From ---------------------------------------------61How to Succeed in Relationships --------------------------------------62Simply Clean ----------------------------------------------------------------63How to Be Happy ----------------------------------------------------------64Finding Your Guardian Angel ------------------------------------------65Body Yoga --------------------------------------------------------------------66The Lie of Choices ----------------------------------------------------------67

  • The End of Breath ----------------------------------------------------------68How to Breathe -------------------------------------------------------------69Breathing to a Single Point -----------------------------------------------70Ending the Tyranny of Stimulation ----------------------------------- 71

    THIRD CORNERSTONE: THE CHAPTER ON PRACTICE -------------------------------------------------73

    Focus and Stay --------------------------------------------------------------75The Clear Light -------------------------------------------------------------76The Eye of Wisdom --------------------------------------------------------77The End of Thoughts? -----------------------------------------------------78How Things Begin and End ---------------------------------------------79How Things Neither Begin Nor End ----------------------------------80The Power to Save the World -------------------------------------------81Reading the Minds of Others ------------------------------------------- 82The Power of Invisibility -------------------------------------------------83Where It All Leads ---------------------------------------------------------84The True Source of Power ----------------------------------------------- 85The Channel of the Sun ---------------------------------------------------86The Channel of the Moon ------------------------------------------------87The Channel of the Polestar ---------------------------------------------88Chokepoints and Chakras ----------------------------------------------- 89Everything, from Understanding --------------------------------------90Know Thyself ---------------------------------------------------------------91When Two is One ----------------------------------------------------------92The Rainbow in a Prison ------------------------------------------------- 93The Five Primary Winds ------------------------------------------------- 94The Three Skies -------------------------------------------------------------95The Four Bodies ------------------------------------------------------------96The Last One Left ----------------------------------------------------------97The Body of All-Knowing ------------------------------------------------98Herein Lies Total Purity --------------------------------------------------99Respecting Our Destiny -------------------------------------------------100The Final Moments -------------------------------------------------------101All Things in All Ways --------------------------------------------------102

    FOURTH CORNERSTONE:

  • THE CHAPTER ON TOTAL PURITY ------------------------------------------103

    We Must Become as Gardeners ---------------------------------------105The Destruction of the Storehouse -----------------------------------106Gaining Control of Our Lives ----------------------------------------- 107The End of Limits ---------------------------------------------------------108Dropping the Borders of Time ---------------------------------------- 109Beyond but Not Beyond the Mind ----------------------------------- 110How We Hear Ourselves Think -------------------------------------- 111Knives Dont Cut Themselves -----------------------------------------112The Apparent Self-Awareness ---------------------------------------- 113How We Project the World ---------------------------------------------114Learning from Seeing ----------------------------------------------------115The End of Seeds ----------------------------------------------------------116Debts Never Paid ---------------------------------------------------------117Stepping over a Puddle -------------------------------------------------118And So We Must See -----------------------------------------------------119

    INDEX OF IMPORTANT IDEAS --------------------------------------------------121

  • FOREWORD

    We encourage readers to study the Index of Important Ideas at the end of this book, so that you know immediately where to look for help on any personal needs or interests you may have.

    To help those who might want to chant the Yoga Sutra in its original langu