#1. What is viveka-jnana?
The discriminative insight that grants knowledge of the true self.
The metaphorical noose that binds the self to false identity.
Most excellent one, an epithet for brahman.
Another term for samskara.
Special, or unique quality.
#2. What is the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali mainly about?
#3. Was Patanjali the founding father of yoga?
No. The people of the Indus Valley Civilisation were the founding fathers.
Maybe. It’s too difficult to draw any conclusions.
Yes. He created the practice from his own experience.
No. He drew on, and systematised material that was already there in the tradition.
#4. How many chapters are in the yoga sutra?
#5. What is the correct sequence of the eight limbs of yoga?
yama – niyama – asana – pranayama –pratyahara – dharana – dhyana – samadhi
yama – niyama – asana – pranayama – pratyahara – dhyana – dharana – samadhi
niyama – yama – pranayama – pratyahara – dharana – dhyana – samadhi
asana – yama – niyama – pranayama – pratyahara – dharana – dhyana – samadhi
#6. According to Patanjali, what are the two essential prerequisites to yoga practice?
A deerskin and a waterpot.
Abhyasa and Vairagya – regular practice and withdrawal from the world.
Japa and puja – recitation of sacred sound and worship of the deity.
Agility and fitness.
#7. At what point in the practice of yoga do the results of karma or action cease?
#8. Which of the following is NOT one of the three pramanas or valid means of attaining knowledge ?
Anumana – inference
Dhyana – concentration
Pratyaksa – perception
Shabda – verbal from a trustworthy person
#9. What does verse 1.2 of the Yoga Sutra ‘yogas cittra vritti nirodha’ mean?
Yoga is the movement of the still mind.
Yoga is still the movement of the mind.
The mind is the stilling of yoga.
Yoga is the stilling of the movements of the mind.
#10. What are the five yamas or principles of restraint?
Not harming, truthfulness, not stealing, celibacy, non-possessiveness.
Not working, not socialising, not exercising, not talking, not eating fruit.
Purity, contentment, austerity, recitation of the Veda, worship of the Lord.
Seeing no evil, hearing no evil, speaking no evil, feeling no evil, smelling no evil.
#11. What does kaivalya mean?
#12. Which of the following is NOT experienced in the state of kaivalya?
Material desires cease.
The mind is stilled.
Samskaras are eroded.
Absolute oneness with brahman is achieved.
Inward perception of the purusha is achieved.
The movement of the gunas ceases.
#13. Which of the following is NOT one of the five kleshas (afflictions) listed in the second chapter of the Yoga Sutra?
Avidya – ignorance
Dvesha – aversion
Lobha – greed
Raga – hankering
Abhiniveshah – fear of death
Asmita – egotism
#14. What are samskaras in the Yoga Sutra?
Endless cycles of birth, death, and rebirth.
Latent impressions left on the mind as a result of experience or action performed.
A type of Indian sweet.
A sequence of advanced yoga exercises.
Mystical powers acquired with advanced yoga practice.
#15. Which of the below is NOT included in the usual list of eight siddhis or mystical perfections of advanced yogi practitioners?
The ability to perceive the self in its true spiritual identity.
The ability to become large in size.
The ability to become light and float through the air.
The ability to become minutely small.
The ability to acquire things from distant places.
The ability to become heavy and immovable.
The ability to achieve mastery over the world.
The ability to bring others under one’s control.