Satsaṅga

Satsaṅga

By David Andrew Miliotis
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Satsaṅga - Philosophy & Chanting class & podcast: Sheding light on the vast practices & philosophies of yoga stemming from the Indian culture of Truth Seeking.

Satsaṅga gathers at the new Irvine location:
Wednesdays, 6:15 – 7:45pm
by Donation

If you would like to follow along, with the chanting & lessons in these episodes, you can purchase our textbooks, Sanskrit & Chanting, through our website: www.ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books
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Satsaṅga - Philosophy & Chanting class & podcast: Sheding light on the vast practices & philosophies of yoga stemming from the Indian culture of Truth Seeking.

Satsaṅga gathers at the new Irvine location:
Wednesdays, 6:15 – 7:45pm
by Donation

If you would like to follow along, with the chanting & lessons in these episodes, you can purchase our textbooks, Sanskrit & Chanting, through our website: www.ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books
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Ep. 14: The Role & Nature of God in Yoga (Sūtras 1.23 - 1.24)
This week’s Satsaṅga episode: Patañjali discusses God - what he calls Īśvara - from sūtra 1.23 ― 1.29. The first sūtra (1.23) juxtapositions the previous section about developing skills with the next section which is about managing obstacles. Sūtras 1.24 ― 1.26 describe the qualities & nature of Īśvara; while sūtras 1.27 ― 1.29 discuss connecting with Īśvara. In this episode, we discuss 1.23 & 1.24. Check out the discussion … ॐ Tat Sat If you would like to follow along, with the chanting & lessons in this podcast, you can purchase our textbooks, Sanskrit & Chanting, through our website: ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books or you can always just listen … either way, please enjoy! The opening mantras are found in Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 3, Page 1 & 2, or Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 1, Pages 2 - 10. ॐ तत्सत्
1:21:16
November 18, 2019
Ep. 13: In Pursuit of a Goal (Yoga Sūtras 1.20 - 1.22)
This week’s Satsaṅga episode: The strength or weakness of our conviction infects the resulting process as we head forth in pursuit of a goal. What are the levels we must gain in order to reach the goal? Check out the discussion on Yoga Sūtras 1.20 - 1.22 … ॐ Tat Sat If you would like to follow along, with the chanting & lessons in this podcast, you can purchase our textbooks, Sanskrit & Chanting, through our website: ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books or you can always just listen … either way, please enjoy! The opening mantras are found in Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 3, Page 1 & 2, or Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 1, Pages 2 - 10. ॐ तत्सत्
1:18:07
November 13, 2019
Ep. 12: On Mastering a Subject (Yoga Sūtras 1.17 - 1.19)
This week’s Satsaṅga episode: Whatever we practice for a long time, we become good at! But have you ever thought about the stages of development we go through as mastery of a subject is developing? Check out the discussion on Yoga Sūtras 1.17 - 1.19 … ॐ Tat Sat If you would like to follow along, with the chanting & lessons in this podcast, you can purchase our textbooks, Sanskrit & Chanting, through our website: ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books or you can always just listen … either way, please enjoy! The opening mantras are found in Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 3, Page 1 & 2, or Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 1, Pages 2 - 10. ॐ तत्सत्
52:34
November 8, 2019
Ep. 11: Vairāgya the Compliment to Practice (Yoga Sūtras 1.15 - 1.16)
This week’s Satsaṅga episode: Today we had an in-depth discussion about Vairāgya, the compliment to yoga practice (or abhyāsa). Check out the discussion on Yoga Sūtras 1.15 - 1.16 … ॐ Tat Sat If you would like to follow along, with the chanting & lessons in this podcast, you can purchase our textbooks, Sanskrit & Chanting, through our website: ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books or you can always just listen … either way, please enjoy! The opening mantras are found in Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 3, Page 1 & 2, or Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 1, Pages 2 - 10. ॐ तत्सत्
1:09:37
November 8, 2019
Ep. 10: Removing Our Obstacles (Yoga Sūtras 1.15 - 1.16)
This week’s Satsaṅga episode: In order to achieve our goals successfully, we need to identify things that diminish our effectiveness & efficiency. In Yoga Sūtra 1.15 & 1.16 Patañjali presents this process. This episode is an introduction to this discussion (called Vairāgya in yoga). But before we dive into philosophy, there is quite a bit of chanting at the beginning of this Satsaṅga. Please listen & chant along with us using Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 3 ... ॐ Tat Sat If you would like to follow along, with the chanting & lessons in this podcast, you can purchase our textbooks, Sanskrit & Chanting, through our website: ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books or you can always just listen … either way, please enjoy! The opening mantras are found in Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 3, Page 1 & 2, or Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 1, Pages 2 - 10. ॐ तत्सत्
1:06:14
October 8, 2019
Ep. 9: Developing a Strong Yoga Practice (Yoga Sūtras 1.14)
This week’s Satsaṅga episode: How do we develop a strong practice? In Yoga Sūtra 1.14, Patañjali tells us precisely what to do. Tune in to learn the five factors Patañjali taught and that must be included to ensure our practice becomes strong and durable ... ॐ Tat Sat If you would like to follow along, with the chanting & lessons in this podcast, you can purchase our textbooks, Sanskrit & Chanting, through our website: ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books or you can always just listen … either way, please enjoy! The opening mantras are found in Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 3, Page 1 & 2, or Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 1, Pages 2 - 10. ॐ तत्सत्
54:52
October 5, 2019
Ep. 8: Overview of Samādhi Pāda (1st Chapter of Yoga Sūtras)
In this week’s Satsaṅga, we cruise through the first chapter of the Samādhi Pāda (1st Chapter of Yoga Sūtras) featuring a few key sūtras while looking at the general outline of what this chapter discusses. We touch on sūtra 1.12, the formula for pursuing yoga. We unpack sūtra 1.17 to understand the process of becoming skillful in any kind of work whether it be yoga, cooking, parenting or otherwise. We analyze sūtra 1.31, which teaches us how to recognize when our system is out of balance. And finally, in sūtra 1.40, we look at the results of mastering the first step (pāda) of yoga - maintaining balance in our system ... ॐ Tat Sat If you would like to follow along, with the chanting & lessons in this podcast, you can purchase our textbooks, Sanskrit & Chanting, through our website: ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books or you can always just listen … either way, please enjoy! To follow the chanting from our books, it is much easier to use Vol. 3 which is simply a pure collection of Mantras without any extras. However, you can also use Vol. 1, but you will have to turn the pages many many more times. With that said, the opening mantras are found in Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 3, Page 1 & 2, or Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 1, Pages 2 - 10. ॐ तत्सत्
1:12:27
September 23, 2019
Ep. 7: An Overview of the Yoga Sūtras Pt. 2
Greetings - Namaste - ॐ तत्सत् In today’s Satsaṅga episode, we honor the Indian holiday, Gaṇeśa Caturthi, which occurred last Monday, 2019 August 2. We chant the Gaṇapati Atharva Śīrṣa Upaniṣat (Vol. 3, Pg. 30) and recite a verse from the Gaṇeśa Stotra (Vol. 3, Pg. 13) and learn that the spirit of Gaṇeśa is really about how we manage our own state of balance. This is the same theme highlighted in the first chapter of the Yoga Sūtras! After chanting we quickly overview how the 4 chapters (Samādhi, Sādhana, Vibhūti & Kaivalya Pādas) of the Yoga Sūtras flow from one-to-the-next, and then dive into a quick overview translation of the first chapter (Samādhi Pāda). Understanding the over-all meaning of the Yoga Sūtras gives us the proper context for understanding each of the 195 sūtras. So last week’s (part 1) and this week’s (part 2) will hopefully prove to be interesting, valuable & useful for you. Let me know ... ॐ Tat Sat If you would like to follow along, with the chanting & lessons in these episodes, you can purchase our textbooks, Sanskrit & Chanting, through our website: ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books or you can always just listen … either way, please enjoy! To follow the chanting from our books, it is much easier to use Vol. 3 which is simply a pure collection of Mantras without any extras. However, you can also use Vol. 1, but you will have to turn the pages many many more times. With that said, the opening mantras are found in Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 3, Page 1 & 2, or Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 1, Pages 2 - 10. ॐ Tat Sat
57:39
September 10, 2019
Ep. 6: An Overview of the Yoga Sūtras Pt. 1 + Sūtras 1.12 & 1.13
Hello friends - today is a great day! If you really want to understand the Yoga Sūtras well, then an overview of the flow of development through each of the four chapters (Pādas) is invaluable. This provides the proper context for understanding each of the 195 sūtras. So this week’s (part 1) and next week’s (part 2) should prove to be both highly valuable and highly useful for you (I hope). Check it out ... Om Tat Sat If you would like to follow along, with the chanting & lessons in these episodes, you can purchase our textbooks, Sanskrit & Chanting, through our website: ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books or you can always just listen … either way, please enjoy! To follow the chanting from our books, it is much easier to use Vol. 3 which is simply a pure collection of Mantras without any extras. However, you can also use Vol. 1, but you will have to turn the pages many many more times. With that said, the opening mantras are found in Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 3, Page 1 & 2, or Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 1, Pages 2 - 10. Om Tat Sat
1:15:28
August 27, 2019
Ep. 5: More on the Vṛttis, Imagination, Sleep & Memory, Yoga Sūtras 1.09 - 1.11
In this episode we continue our discussion of the five vṛttis as explained in Yoga Sūtras, 1.09 - 1.11: Vikalpa (imagination), Nidrā (sleep) & Smṛti (memory), the first two vṛttis discussed previously are Pramāṇa (right understanding) & Viparaya (wrong understanding). We look at the three ways that knowledge is gained: Pratyakṣa (perception), Anumāna (logical inference) & Āgama (reliable source). These can produce correct or incorrect understandings. Is the knowledge true or false and does it or does it not correlate to an existing object? If you would like to follow along, with the chanting & lessons in these episodes, you can purchase our textbooks, Sanskrit & Chanting, through our website: ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books or you can always just listen … either way, please enjoy! To follow the chanting from our books, it is much easier to use Vol. 3 which is simply a pure collection of Mantras without any extras. However, you can also use Vol. 1, but you will have to turn the pages many many more times. With that said, the opening mantras are found in Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 3, Page 1 & 2, or Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 1, Pages 2 - 10. Om Tat Sat
1:07:17
August 5, 2019
Ep. 4: The Vṛttis, Perception & False Thinking, Yoga Sūtras 1.05 - 1.08
In this episode we continue with our discussion of the Yoga Sūtras, 1.05 - 1.08: What are the Vṛttis? Are they mere mental wanderings, or are they highly useful - but equally mischievous - mental faculties? An improved understanding of our mind helps us clear away false thinking to improve our efficiency & insight. If you would like to follow along, with the chanting & lessons in these episodes, you can purchase our textbooks, Sanskrit & Chanting, through our website: ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books or you can always just listen … either way, please enjoy! To follow the chanting from our books, it is much easier to use Vol. 3 which is simply a pure collection of Mantras without any extras. However, you can also use Vol. 1, but you will have to turn the pages many many more times. With that said, the opening mantras are found in Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 3, Page 1 & 2, or Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 1, Pages 2 - 10. Om Tat Sat
1:21:33
July 16, 2019
Ep. 3: Comments on Vande Gurūṇām & The Churning of the Ocean of Milk
In today's episode we cover three topics as well as our usual chanting.  1. We discuss the precision melodies of Vedic chanting. 2. We delve into the Ashtānga Yoga opening prayer in a surprisingly relevant way, and lastly, 3. I tell the yogic allegory entitled The Churning of the Ocean of Milk, and at the conclusion, reveal its relationship to the Ashtānga Yoga opening prayer. If you would like to follow along, with the chanting & lessons in these episodes, you can purchase our textbooks, Sanskrit & Chanting, through our website: ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books or you can always just listen … either way, please enjoy! To follow the chanting from our books, it is much easier to use Vol. 3 which is simply a pure collection of Mantras without any extras. However, you can also use Vol. 1, but you will have to turn the pages many many more times. With that said, the opening mantras are found in Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 3, Page 1 & 2, or Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 1, Pages 2 - 10. Om Tat Sat
1:12:32
June 30, 2019
Ep. 2: Sanskrit Pronunciation pt. 1
Satsaṅga - Episode 2: Sanskrit Pronunciation pt. 1 In this episode, we cover some subtle basics of pronunciation. You can find the material of this pronunciation lesson in two places: 1. in the beginning section of each book is a page titled, “Quick Guide to Sanskrit Pronunciation,” and 2. in Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 1 on pg. 34 is the exercise practiced in this episode. The opening matras can be found in Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 3 on pg. 1 - 2, or in Vol. 1 on pgs. 2 - 10. If you would like to follow along, with the chanting & lessons in these episodes, you can purchase our textbooks, Sanskrit & Chanting, through our website: ashtangayogaorangecounty.com
57:05
June 24, 2019
Ep. 1: Yoga Sūtras 1.01 - 1.04
Satsaṅga - The Role of Being Present in Yoga - Episode 1: Yoga Sūtras 1.01 - 1.04 We discuss how the theory of being present applies in situations where the force of our passions compel us into actions that will surely generate much suffering for ourselves and those around us (e.g. harsh speech & anger). The opening matras can be found in Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 3 on pg. 1 - 2, or in Vol. 1 on pgs. 2 - 10. If you would like to follow along, with the chanting & lessons in these episodes, you can purchase our textbooks, Sanskrit & Chanting, through our website: ashtangayogaorangecounty.com
1:17:02
June 23, 2019
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