When questions came, someone asked if we should go to temples and take pūjā when we are not Hindu. Is it a part of our practice? Sharath asked, “who has divided into communities?” He answered that it is not God who does this but humans, and for our own benefit. He said he himself believes in Krishna so when he does his practice he thinks of Krishna and it helps him. This all depends on our belief.Who is to say something is wrong? We have different names for the same God.Nothing in our practice says it must be one or the other. All is the same.
A student asked if we need to do āsana if we are able to sit in Padmāsana for long periods of time already. Sharath answered that yoga is Sādhana, action orritual toward spiritual goal. Just to know the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali by heart is not enough and does not mean we are a Sādhaka, or one who applies that practically. T. Krishnamacharya had many degrees and knew many things but hewanted the experience of yoga within himself. He sought out his teacher, Sri Ramamohan Brahmachari. At first he was denied. He was told to leave but Krishnamacharya was determined and stayed until he was accepted as a student.
一个学生问是否我们需要做āsana（体式），如果我们能够坐在Padmāsana（全莲花）已经很长一段时间。Sharath回答说,瑜伽是Sādhana,（行动或仪式朝向精神的目标）。只是为了知道瑜伽《帕坦伽利的瑜伽经》观点是不够的,并不意味着我们是Sādhaka,或普遍人人适用。t .Krishnamacharya有许多学位，知道很多东西，希望自己内心经历瑜伽。他去找他的老师,Ramamohan Brahmachari。起初他被拒绝，他被告知离开，但Krishnamacharya下定决心,一直待在这里，直到他被接受成为学生。
Krishnamacharya later became Pattabhi Jois’ teacher. Sharath explained that the giver and receiver relationship between student and teacher is very important. It is why we should study with him at least one month at a time. He wants students to learn, and we must have dedication to learn. If we come just to have a job, to be a teacher, and expect in one month to become a teacher, our experience becomes limited in yoga. We must be willing to cross barriers. Once we say “I know,” that is the end of our learning. Once we say “I don’t know,” our experience with yoga becomes deep. Our experience with our teacher becomes deep. Pattabhi Jois never said “I know everything.” Sharath said even as the teacher, teaching us yoga and āsana, he is learning. He sees good energy and bad energy, different shapes in the bodies. In spite of this, Sharath said that sometimes he wishes Guruji were still here so he could get up and practice his āsana with him. He added that to be a student is the best life, though a little painful.
Conference Notes with Sharath Jois: KPJAYI, 26August 2012