At these words, the accomplished Indian classical dancer Anjali (Anne-Marie Gaston) led myself and another neophyte dancer to present a choreography of the invocation to Patanjali to our then visiting teacher, Richard Freeman.
So long ago now!
This memory resurfaced when I was recently reading Richard’s exposition on subtle anatomy: “the cobra hoodie”. Imagine an accomplished siddha sitting in padmasana. Now conjure up an image of a cobra, rising from the nest of his coiled tale, charmed by musical vibrations. The yogi’s cross-legged seat is the coiled nest of the cobra’s tail. The mula is the end of the snake’s tail. The sinuously curved spine arises from padmasana. The siddha mirrors the intent focus of the cobra with his steady, fixed gaze and attitude of deep listening. The cobra’s hood fans out on either side of its head like a bandshell – a focused acoustic space.
The root of the tail is silent, while the cobra hood fans out to incorporate infinite vibratory manifestation. Two ends of one entity!
Anantaya nagarajaya namo namah.