from Kalama sutra, translation from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi

This blog included. "So, as I said, Kalamas: 'Don't go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, "This contemplative is our teacher." When you know for yourselves that, "These qualities are unskillful; these qualities are blameworthy; these qualities are criticized by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to harm & to suffering" — then you should abandon them.' Thus was it said. And in reference to this was it said.

"Now, Kalamas, don't go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, 'This contemplative is our teacher.' When you know for yourselves that, 'These qualities are skillful; these qualities are blameless; these qualities are praised by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to welfare & to happiness' — then you should enter & remain in them. Buddha - Kalama Sutta

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Moon days in Vinyasa Krama ?

I kept meaning to ask Ramaswami if there were 'moon days' in Vinyasa Krama, he beat me to it in this months newsletter.

'Certain days in the month are considered “anadhyayana” days. Some
people ask if Yoga should not be done on these anadhyayana days.
During my studies with my teacher he did not specify any days when we
should not practice Yoga. Anadhyayana is usually associated with study
of the vedas and anadhyayana days are days one should not study the
vedas, presumably with the teacher. In short we may say that the veda
pathasala or veda schools would be closed on these days. I started
learning veda chanting (with my father) when I was about 10 years old
and I had a teacher who would come to our house at about 5 in the
morning to teach vedic chanting. But he would not come on these
“anadhyayana” days. The smritis say that vedas should be chanted daily
(vedam nityam adhiyetaam). So we may say that the prohibition is with
respect to studying, perhaps new lessons but not chanting the portions
already learned (swadhyaya). On anadhyayana days like the new moon
day, one may refrain from learning with a teacher new vedic lessons,
but may chant what one has already learnt. It is a moot question if
this restriction applies to yogasana learning and certainly does not
appear to apply to home yogasana practice.'

I guess this means it's a seven day a week practice too. I think someone said in one of the interviews in GURUJI that Ashtanga used to be seven days a week practice, 'back in the day'. Never liked taking a day off anyway, would feel fidgety and restless all day and end up doing an evening practice of sorts when I got home from work. Of course with VK you can regulate your practice a little more, perhaps a lighter or shorter asana practice once a week allowing you to spend longer on your pranayama and meditation practice.

2 comments:

  1. This is a bit off topic, but I just saw this on Eddie Stern's website (his SoHo studio is also a full-fledged Ganesh temple, complete with Brahmin priest and regular pujas):

    * The Ganesh Chathurthi festival begins this week:

    SATURDAY, Sept. 11th is Ganesha’s ‘birthday’, and is the most special day to attend, from 10:30 on until we feed everyone lunch at 1 pm. Please come and celebrate with us while we re-energize the temple and yoga school for the year to come, and to set a strong and positive intention for maintaining our practice, dealing calmly with obstacles, and keeping an even keel in the face of adversity – all specialties of Ganesh!


    The second most important time to come is Friday, Sept. 10th, at 6:30pm. Srivatsa Ramaswami, a student of Krishnamacharya for 33 years, will be joining us for the pujas and giving a lecture at 7pm on the meaning and use of mantra and ritual.

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  2. Thanks for that CK, perhaps R will say something about it in FB he has the most delightful status updates.

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