Sat Jun 13 06:26:34 UTC 1998

In the yoga sutras of Patanjali, AsanA which is one of the aSTAngAs
(which are the necessary aids) of yoga, is defined as


AsanA is the one that is stable and comfortable. This will be an aid in
allowing the sAdhakA to forget his body and loose himself in meditation.
Yoga-paTTa seems to help in making your posture stable and comfortable.



At 07:27 AM 6/12/98 -0600, Michaei Rabe wrote:

>So, in brief--here's my query once again, risking overstatement for the
>sake of eliciting further speculation and textual leads, hopefully.  Given
>the contexts cited above, might the yoga-patta be, in effect, a visual
>equivalent of the black-belt in the further Eastern martial arts
>traditions?  Siva, Narasimha, and Ayyappa are demon-destroyers, now
>pacified.  Thus, might the yoga-patta be a token of necessity for
>restraint?  And likewise, in the context of heroic continence called for in
>the face of an apsaras Alambusaa's seductive wiles?
>Thus, the yoga-patta seems to be more than simply an aid for protracted
>sitting in the lotus position.  Like the black-belt of a judo master, it
>proclaims capacity for great exertion of violent or sexual prowess, but
>held in check.  That's why I'm wondering if there's a much more prosaic
>explanation I'm ignorant of, as a non-practioner of martial-yoga/tapas,
>Hoping others shares of you share my interest in this thread,
>Michael Rabe
>Saint Xavier University
>SAIC, Chicago
>[Go Bulls!]
>1. >To a great part the stories of Sanchi and Bharhut
>>are already identified: they reflect certain
>>Jatakas and similar Buddhist tales. There you will
>>find the literal description of what you call
>2. >If you can get hold of a calender depicting Lord Ayyappa you
>>can easily know what it is.
>3. >I believe in a naandii verse of the play M.rcchaka.tika there is a
>>reference to yoga-pa.tta. If that is not the case, I will write again. I do
>>not have the text handy. -- ashok aklujkar
>4. >I missed the original question, there are also sculptures of Narasimha
>>and Dakshinamurti with the yogapaTTa, though rare. There is a brief
>>discussion of the Elements of Hindu Iconography, by T. A. Gopinatha Rao
>>Vol II, Part I about dakshinamurti with yogapaTTa (page 284-286). I
>>believe Vol I, part I has all the relevant Sanskrit sources. You may
>>want to look at all 4 volumes
>>to see if he has one about Narasimha also.
>[& my original query]
>>>A fellow-instructor at The School of the Art
>>Institute of Chicago--someone
>>>who has been practicing ashtangi-yoga far longer
>>than Madonna, I might
>>>add--is currently researching the iconography of
>>yoga-straps in Indian art
>>>and contemporary meditational practice.  Though I
>>am able to direct him to
>>>numerous visual occurences instances of the motif
>>[from the North torana at
>>>Sanchi to the 16th c.Caurapanchashika mss.
>>illuminations] neither of us
>>>have been able to locate any textual references
>>to this accouterment.
>>>Here is Monier-Williams's citation:
>>yoga-paTTa[ka] (HarSa-carita, PadmaP):
>>>m. the cloth thrown over the back and knees of a
>>devotee during meditation.
>>>And the obvious query: if any one can direct us
>>to a chapter and verse in
>>>either cited work, or elsewhere, we'd be much
>>>Much Thanks,
>>>Michael Rabe
>>>Assoc. Prof. of Art History
>>>Saint Xavier University
>>>The School of the Art Institute of Chicago


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