Our small group that studies the yoga sutras of Patanjali met once again yesterday, 29 May - May Call Day, a day instituted by Master C.V.V. as a day in which the Master "may call".
The study group on the yoga sutras of Patanjali started about one year ago to meet about once a month for reading the book "Lessons on the Yoga of Patanjali", by Dr. E. Krishnamacharya. It was a proposal made by Sally Curry, the IPS President. The proposal of creating this group was welcomed by Dr. Anantakrishna, who is the eldest son of Dr. Krishnamacharya, in the following words: "The Yoga of Patanjali is the core book on the Science of Yoga. There exists several commentaries and explanations on this book, but the lectures given in 1981 by Master EK in Geneva are really a boon to all the seekers of the world who really want to enter a yogic life and not just remain confined to a so-called yoga practice which is far from real life. This book, "Lessons on the Yoga of Patanjali", which contains the text of these lectures, is so important because here Master explains the subject without using any technical terms and with many examples from real life. He explained the subject in a most appealing manner to the people from both Occident and Orient. I appreciate this effort of circulating these lessons to people at large all over the planet. May the Master bless us all in this global work."
Dr. Anantakrishna also authorised the IPS to to copy any part of this book to circulate for interested persons anywhere on the planet. We plan to make the various chapters of this book available as lessons to be mailed once a month upon request to persons interested in studying them.
As part of this study, we also practice the meditation and pranayama exercises taught by Dr. Krishnamacharya. After we finished the "Lessons on the Yoga of Patanjali", we started reading the book "Yoga of Patanjali" as presented by Dr. Krishnamacharya, supplementing it with the corresponding passages from the book "Light of the Soul", by Alice A. Bailey, which is also an explanation of the yoga sutras of Patanjali. Yesterday, we finished the chapter on Book III of the yoga sutras of Patanjali.