Secrets of the Sutras: Required Reading Google Form
Please answer the following questions about the required reading for Secrets of the Sutras: THE SECRET OF THE YOGA SUTRA by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait. All questions are fill-in-the-blank. This google form was designed to make sure you gleaned some of the most important points of the text.

PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE TAKING THE QUIZ: Upon successful completion of both course and form, we will email you a PDF of your certificate of completion for the Secrets of the Sutras PYMT. We have included many correct answer options, but do suggest to keep your answers as simple as possible (for example, do not use all caps, diacritic accents or symbols such as slashes, dashes, parentheses, etc.). IF YOUR ANSWER IS CLOSE BUT MARKED INCORRECT DUE TO YOUR ANSWER'S FORMAT, NO WORRIES! WE WILL MARK IT AS CORRECT.
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Did you take this PYMT live or online? If live, who was your teacher? Please list teacher name, location and date of training. *
1:1 – The word atha is based in 3 sanskrit letters which form the triangle of the ______ chakra, the space in the center of your forehead that is your primordial pool of intuitive wisdom. *
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1:5 – Every thought leaves an impression on the mind that contains the quality and characteristic of the thought that produced it. These impressions, called ___________, become deeper when thoughts are repeated and therefore they have more influence over your current thoughts, speech and actions. Part of the yogic journey toward samadhi is to purify and eliminate these impressions. *
Please use the Sanskrit term.
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1:12 – The two-fold technique of mastering the roaming tendencies of your mind is ___________, “practice” and vairagya, “non-attachment.” Dedicated practice helps you see which samskaras and vasanas you need to detach from in order to progress on your spiritual path. *
Please use the Sanskrit term.
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1:13 – The practice of _____________ helps us to see that the mind means well and can be trained back toward its natural tendency to be clear, tranquil and reflective of truth. Conscious awareness of the flow of breath creates a condition for the mind to become clear and calm. *
Please use the Sanskrit term.
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1:20 – Mindful reflection, called ___________, helps you to perceive the inherent wisdom and power of life force that is omnipresent and omniscient; it also helps to cultivate the following necessary attributes that lead to higher levels of samadhi: faith (shraddha), strength/vitality (virya), the power of retention (smriti), a stillness of mind (samadhi) and intuitive wisdom (prajna). *
Please use the Sanskrit term.
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1:23 – Joyful surrender to God (God in the context of yoga refers to that which is the sum total of all that is, Pure Being endowed with the limitless powers of will, knowledge and action) is referred to in this sutra as _____________ _____________. *
Please use the Sanskrit term.
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1:24 – Ishvara is a special kind of ____________, or pure consciousness, because it has never been affected by the five afflictions (kleshas): ignorance (avidya), distorted self-identity (asmita), attachment (raga), aversion (dvesha) and fear (abhinivesha). *
Please use the Sanskrit term.
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1:28 – With each repetition of a ________, it emits its unique meaning and there is the potential for you to feel it deep within yourself, without the need to deconstruct or intellectualize it. *
Please use the Sanskrit term.
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1:30 – The obstacles to spiritual unfolding are: disease, mental stagnation, ________, carelessness, laziness, the inability to withdraw from cravings of the senses; clinging to misunderstanding, inability to reach the goal of samadhi; the inability to retain samadhi. *
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1:33 – The 4 positive attitudes that helps cultivate a peaceful, one pointed state of mind are: friendliness, compassion, happiness and _____________ toward those who are happy, miserable, virtuous and non-virtuous. *
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1:34 ___________________ ________________ pranayama is a highly specialized breath technique in which both inhale and exhale are directed at the soft palate which energizes a part of the brain associated with the talu chakra which is part of the ajna chakra. This breath is vigorously practiced, followed by a long exhale, a long inhale and retention after inhale while focusing on the soft palate. This breath retention should not be repeated more than 3 times in one session. All breath techniques involving retention should be learned from a qualified teacher; this breath technique should be practiced only after more fundamental pranayamas are mastered. *
Please use the sanskrit terms.
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1:36 – Meditating on the lotus of the heart, according to Vyasa, leads to two unique states which create a stable mind: _________ (a state free of sorrow and anguish) and jyotismati (a state of inner illumination). This section explains how to meditate on the lotus of the heart. *
Please use the Sanskrit term.
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1:42 The four divisions of lower samadhi described in Sutra 1:17 are based on the four categories of meditative objects (gross object, subtle object, joy from within, feeling of the I-am-ness). ____________ is the process of moving toward mental absorption on one of these categories and samadhi is the state which arises from that mental absorption. *
Please use the Sanskrit term.
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_____________ _____________ occurs when you stop mentally moving from absorption on the object itself, to the meaning of of the object, to the fact that you are cognizing one or the other––you become absorbed simply in the essence of the object. This is considered a milestone in one’s inner journey. *
Please use the Sanskrit terms.
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The process of mental absorption ideally continues with savichara samapatti (the object has no correspondence to a physical object) and ____________ ____________ (in which your mental absorption is devoid of object, the meaning of the object and the subject cognizant of the object). *
Please use the Sanskrit term.
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Lower samadhi is called _________ samadhi because karmic seeds still exist. Using sorrowless joy and inner luminosity as objects of meditation can lead one to nirbija samadhi, the highest state in which you experience complete freedom from karmic seeds. *
Please use the Sanskrit term.
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