Sutra II.i chants by Rachel

 In music

This chant is inspired by my intrepid teacher trainees up here in Whistler, who asked me to figure out a chant to the first sutra of the second pada of Patanjali’s yoga sutras. (For those unfamiliar, the Yoga Sutras are a 2,000 year old text with tons of good tidbit on how to make your mind less crazy. It’s good stuff.)

This sutra has a special place in my heart. Roughly translated, it means that yoga in action has three parts: 1. willingness to endure intensity for the sake of transformation (tapas), 2. self-study (svadyaya), and 3. surrendering it all back to the big ol’ Cosmic Spirit (Isvara Pranidhanani). It reminds me of the Serenity Prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the strength to change the things I must, and the wisdom to know the difference. Sutra II-i Another a capella version: Sutra II-i a capella

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