Sūtra III.15 – Chapter III, Sūtra 15

क्रमान्यत्वं परिणामान्यत्वे हेतुः I

krama-anyatvaṁ pariṇāma-anyatve hetuḥ

Different (anyatvaṁ) steps (krama) cause (hetuḥ) distinct (anyatve) changes (pariṇāma).

PRACTICAL LIVING     We are still discussing transformation – one of the keys to personal evolution, reducing suffering and enhancing a wonderful life. Here, Patañjali discusses how change has a logical sequence. Our actions lead us to certain results, which are based on the previous actions. Every step of our lives leads us to a next one. If the results we are currently getting are not looking so good, then are there actions we can change or refine to get a different result?

On the other hand, Steve Jobs in his commencement speech at Stanford in 2005, talks about ‘connecting the dots’ – the idea that when we look back at our lives, we can connect dots of why things happened the way they did and why we made the decisions we did. He said “You have to trust in something, your gut, destiny, life, karma…”. His point is that often we do not know why we are choosing to do something because it may not make logical sense to us or others. However, if we are able to listen to and have the courage to go with that gut feeling, it may lead us to later understand the bigger reason behind that choice. Actions determine the sequence of our life’s events.

IN THE YOGA WORLD     TKV Desikachar said “A river following a valley can be diverted through a tunnel. The intelligence to grasp this possibility is what produces the different patterns of change.” By understanding the nature of transformation, we are able to do our part in the process. By understanding when our inner seeds need water, sunlight or weeding, we can help our essence to blossom and evolve.

INSPIRATIONAL PERSON     Goddess of transformation, self-reflection and action is whatSANDRA Sandra is to me! This woman has navigated and still navigates life with fierce graciousness. Her desire to do inner work so she can then serve her community brings tears to my eyes. Her love, service and devotion to others is beyond beautiful. Sandrita, walking this gorgeous yet arduous path with you is an amazing honor! Te quiero TANTO amiga! Traes luz, risa y amor a este mundo! Beso enorme!

Do you have any experiences you would like to share? Please interact as much as you like – everyone will learn from your personal experiences!

Thanks and we will look at the results of understanding how change occurs next week!

3 thoughts on “Sūtra III.15 – Chapter III, Sūtra 15

  1. Thank you for moving on through Book III. I gave up around 3.9 when studying on my own. Your clarifications in this book have been terrific.

    • Kate, I am really happy to hear that this is helping you! Chapters 3 and 4 are more internal and subtle therefore harder to interpret by ourselves. Let’s keep studying them together as an online sangha 🙂

  2. Pingback: Sūtra III.15 – Chapter III, Sūtra 15 — weeklysutra | IYENGAR YOGA BLOG

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