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T-Ph12. Conjunction & Disociation

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Prashant Iyengar says

‘What is an ‘object’? An object is something which you can know, something which you can keep in front of you and watch. Yoga, as you are all aware, is something to know yourself with, and how do you know yourself? Basically, the point is that we identify ourselves with the mind so much. When the mind is happy, we are happy. When the mind is sorrowful, we are sorrowful. When the mind is excited, we are excited…Now, if you want to know the mind, the only way is that it must be an object. You can only know the objects. Subject is the knower. Subject will not be made as knowable. You cannot know the subject. Subject is the knower. Object is the knowable. So, if you want to know the mind, the mind must be objectified and that’s why, in yoga psychology, you are made to watch your body, you are made to watch your breath, you are made to watch your mind also. When you watch your mind, your own awareness, naturally it is objectification: the mind is objectified.’

Iyengar P, Class after a class p.3

A reference copy of Light on Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by BKS Iyengar is essential in this subject to support your understanding.

The subject is in 5 parts and contains articles, videos and quotes. It is advisable to not rush through our subjects consuming the content quickly: apply a reflective mode where you might read an article prior to or immediately after practice. Where quotes are used they are often accompanied by an extract of the text. Look up other quotes used (as they often have the source and page noted) and read a fuller portion of the text. You might consider covering one part of the subject each week.

Due to its highly theoretical nature the Practise section in each Part is of central focus so as to ground the principles in experiential knowledge. Consider repeating each practise more than once. T-Ph12 is a lifetime enrollment.

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