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Practice of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Part 4: Unveiling the Mystery of Purusha and Prakriti

Practice of the Yoga Sutra Book Club

Year Long Meditation
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What are we? Why do we exist? Yoga philosophy does not shy away from tackling such fundamental questions. In the fourth session (sutras 2:18–2:27) of the Practice of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Ishan Tigunait delves into Patanjali’s worldview on our place and purpose in the cosmos. Discover how purusha (pure awareness) and prakriti (primordial nature) manifest the different layers of reality—and how yoga practice helps us connect with their all-pervading consciousness and potential.

To prepare for the next session, please read sutras 2:28–2:34 in Pandit Tigunait’s The Practice of the Yoga Sutra: Sadhana Pada.

As you study, don’t forget to submit your questions to bookclub@yearlongmeditation.org. Ishan will be answering as many of them as possible in our capstone session.

Format: .mp3 audio file with download
Length: 1 hr 8 mins

Further Reading

The Practice of the Yoga Sutra: Sadhana Pada

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

In the second book in his series of commentaries on the Yoga Sutra, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD elaborates on Patanjali’s succinct and straightforward plan to transcend pain and embrace lasting happiness. He points out the obstacles, both known and unknown, that prevent us from creating and living the life we dream of, and assures us that we are destined to discover our pure being and experience lasting joy.

About the Teacher

Ishan Tigunait

Growing up at the Himalayan Institute, Ishan Tigunait received his first spiritual lessons from Swami Rama of the Himalayas, and has continued his spiritual education for the past 30 years under the guidance of his father, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait. Ishan serves as Executive Director of the Himalayan Institute and Chairman of Yoga International, and has been a driving force for the Himalayan Institute's humanitarian projects in Africa over the past decade. He also serves as Managing Director of Himalayan Institute India, and spearheaded the establishment of the Institute's newest campus in Khajuraho, India. Ishan's passion is sharing modern reflections on the ancient wisdom of the yogic and tantric traditions. As a Himalayan Institute faculty member, he leads the Institute's Yogi Living program as well as annual pilgrimages to India and the Himalayas. Holding a degree in computer engineering, Ishan worked for IBM before returning to the Himalayan Institute in 2006. He is an avid social entrepreneur, and is committed to sharing the transformational power of yoga to unleash our full potential.

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