Cultivating Positive Attitudes towards Others

Cultivating Positive Attitudes towards Others

Near the end of the first chapter of the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali, there are descriptions of different techniques for starting to calm the mind and overcome difficult mental states.

One of the things that Patañjali says is helpful is to cultivate positive attitudes towards others. He explains four different kinds of positive feelings that we can learn to cultivate in ourselves and which types of people that it would be most beneficial to have those feelings towards.

Karma & Kleśas

Karma & Kleśas

Karma & Kleśas
By Sandhyanath

“Yoga requires a revaluation of confused patterns of our thinking;
Relaxed mind without inhibitions, restraints and over-activity;
One-pointed projection on the chosen image symbol of attention;
Counting, holding the breath, helps for soft relaxed concentration.
Meditation becomes the calm continuity of retrospective think,
Keep the mind awake for trance and sleep yield you nothing.
Then you will become ready for real Yogic contemplation.”

– Mahendranath, The Magnum Opus of Twilight Yoga

Yoga & Alchemy

Yoga & Alchemy

In verses 5-9 of Chapter 1 of the Haṭha Pradīpikā, the author Svātmārāma lists the lineage of hatha yoga up through his time. The lineage begins with Śiva Himself teaching Matsyendranāth, whose many disciples including Gorakṣanāth are mentioned next. In total 30 different masters are named. There are some variations between different manuscripts,but they are mostly the same.In the Lonavla Yoga Institute Critical Edition, they are: