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Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: The ‘Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali’ are 196 Indian sūtras (aphorisms) that constitute the foundational text of Ashtanga Yoga, also called Raja Yoga. In medieval times, Ashtanga Yoga was cast as one of the six orthodox āstika schools of Hindu philosophy. In this book you will find • Illustrated The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali • Free audio recording of Th Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: The ‘Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali’ are 196 Indian sūtras (aphorisms) that constitute the foundational text of Ashtanga Yoga, also called Raja Yoga. In medieval times, Ashtanga Yoga was cast as one of the six orthodox āstika schools of Hindu philosophy. In this book you will find • Illustrated The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali • Free audio recording of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Five unique bonus works: • An Introduction to Yoga by Annie Besant: Lectures that are intended to give an outline of Yoga • The Doctrine and Practice of Yoga BY SWAMI MUKERJI YOGI OF THE SOUTH INDIA ORDER: Including the Practices and Exercises of Concentration, both Objective and Subjective, and Active and Passive Mentation, an Elucidation of Maya, Guru Worship, and the Worship of the Terrible, also the Mystery of Will-Force THE HINDU-YOGI Science of Breath By YOGI RAMACHARAKA: A Complete Manual of THE ORIENTAL BREATHING PHILOSOPHY of Physical, Mental, Psychic and Spiritual Development. Lessons in Gnani Yoga (The Yoga of Wisdom.) BY YOGI RAMACHARAKA : THIS BOOK GIVES THE HIGHEST YOGI TEACHINGS REGARDING THE ABSOLUTE AND ITS MANIFESTATIONS. A SERIES OF LESSONS IN RAJA YOGA By YOGI RAMACHARAKA : "When the soul sees itself as a Center surrounded by its circumference—when the Sun knows that it is a Sun, surrounded by its whirling planets-then is it ready for the Wisdom and Power of the Masters."


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Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: The ‘Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali’ are 196 Indian sūtras (aphorisms) that constitute the foundational text of Ashtanga Yoga, also called Raja Yoga. In medieval times, Ashtanga Yoga was cast as one of the six orthodox āstika schools of Hindu philosophy. In this book you will find • Illustrated The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali • Free audio recording of Th Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: The ‘Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali’ are 196 Indian sūtras (aphorisms) that constitute the foundational text of Ashtanga Yoga, also called Raja Yoga. In medieval times, Ashtanga Yoga was cast as one of the six orthodox āstika schools of Hindu philosophy. In this book you will find • Illustrated The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali • Free audio recording of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Five unique bonus works: • An Introduction to Yoga by Annie Besant: Lectures that are intended to give an outline of Yoga • The Doctrine and Practice of Yoga BY SWAMI MUKERJI YOGI OF THE SOUTH INDIA ORDER: Including the Practices and Exercises of Concentration, both Objective and Subjective, and Active and Passive Mentation, an Elucidation of Maya, Guru Worship, and the Worship of the Terrible, also the Mystery of Will-Force THE HINDU-YOGI Science of Breath By YOGI RAMACHARAKA: A Complete Manual of THE ORIENTAL BREATHING PHILOSOPHY of Physical, Mental, Psychic and Spiritual Development. Lessons in Gnani Yoga (The Yoga of Wisdom.) BY YOGI RAMACHARAKA : THIS BOOK GIVES THE HIGHEST YOGI TEACHINGS REGARDING THE ABSOLUTE AND ITS MANIFESTATIONS. A SERIES OF LESSONS IN RAJA YOGA By YOGI RAMACHARAKA : "When the soul sees itself as a Center surrounded by its circumference—when the Sun knows that it is a Sun, surrounded by its whirling planets-then is it ready for the Wisdom and Power of the Masters."

30 review for The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: By Patanjali & Illustrated (Five Bonus works & an Audiobook FREE are included)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    My Penguin Classic edition of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra begins with a long introduction, by translator Shyam Ranganathan, about the many challenges faced when translating philosophical texts, especially when you are trying to make them clear and accurate to an audience that comes for a completely different cultural background as the person who wrote the original text, many centuries later. While that 60 odd pages can seem boring at first glance, as a bilingual person (and as someone interested in v My Penguin Classic edition of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra begins with a long introduction, by translator Shyam Ranganathan, about the many challenges faced when translating philosophical texts, especially when you are trying to make them clear and accurate to an audience that comes for a completely different cultural background as the person who wrote the original text, many centuries later. While that 60 odd pages can seem boring at first glance, as a bilingual person (and as someone interested in very old Asian philosophy), I find this sort of thing fascinating, because the choice of words can affect the reader’s interpretation to an incredible level. It is, therefore, an incredibly daunting and nuanced task to try to bring the meaning to life in a way that will be understood by an audience that might as well be from a different planet as the person who came up with the original words. The translation and commentary on the Yoga Sutra I had read before this one were Desikachar’s, in “The Heart of Yoga” (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...). His version was concise, but it also was simply meant as an introduction, and not a deep dive into the text. Ranganathan’s version, on the other hand, is much more fleshed out. And while a bit long and scholarly, his introduction is actually not be skipped, as it serves as a reading guide for the rest of the text. For each line of the Sutra, he offers the Sanskrit, the phonetic pronunciation, then several potentially correct English equivalencies for the Sanskrit words used in the original, followed by his rephrasing – and finally, his commentary and interpretation of the Sutra. Whew! His commentary is obviously the bulk of the book, and they are extremely informative, as he uses them to give the reader plenty of context (historical, social, philosophical) and to de-mystify the short sentences that make up the Sutra. But his tone and style is very academic, so while I found it clear and straightforward, I can see how it might be a bit ponderous to some readers. I was not surprized to find a fair amount of overlap between the philosophical and moral aspect of the Sutra and the Buddhist Precepts and Zen philosophy: the systems obviously run along very similar lines, though they are not identical. While I am not sure reading the Yoga Sutra is necessary for everyone interested in practicing yoga (I mean here the physical exercise version of yoga, which the Sutra actually refers to as tapa), they are a very interesting text of Indian philosophy, and for people looking to deepen their tapa/asana practice and approach yoga a holistic way, this translation is clear, accessible and the commentary informative and inspiring. I do plan on reading a few different translations and commentaries: I think this is the sort of text that definitely deserves multiple readings and perspectives.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dennis Littrell

    Engaging translation but not the best commentary This book was first published in London in 1982 as Effortless Being: the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. I assume the translation of the sutras is the same while Shearer, who is a disciple of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, has updated his Introduction. The text is presented in a sky blue color that is easy on the eyes and does not distract from the meaning of the words. The design by Barbara Sturman is indeed very attractive while the small size of the book Engaging translation but not the best commentary This book was first published in London in 1982 as Effortless Being: the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. I assume the translation of the sutras is the same while Shearer, who is a disciple of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, has updated his Introduction. The text is presented in a sky blue color that is easy on the eyes and does not distract from the meaning of the words. The design by Barbara Sturman is indeed very attractive while the small size of the book (4.75 by 6.25 by 0.75 inches) makes for easy portability. The translation itself takes up about one-third of the book while Shearer's commentary takes up most of the rest. The translation is strikingly original and interpretative. Patanjali's famous first line, which I recall most agreeably as "Now, instruction in yoga" (which I have from Ernest Egerton Wood's Practical Yoga, 1948) is presented as "And now the teaching on yoga begins." B.K.S. Iyengar, in his Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (1993), which I highly recommend in addition to this book, has "With prayers for divine blessings, now begins an exposition of the sacred art of yoga." Clearly the differences with this first line are mainly stylistic with Iyengar emphasizing a spiritual and religious tone while Wood's aim was to reflect Patanjali's succinct style, with Shearer looking for lucidity and an affinity with the modern English expression. But let's look at the second sutra. Shearer's "Yoga is the settling of the mind into silence" is very pretty, and when one realizes that "silence" to Shearer is akin to godliness (he quotes Meister Eckhart on page 24: "Nothing in all creation is so like God as silence"), it works in a symbolic sense as well. Professor Wood's "Yoga is the control of the ideas in the mind" places a very different emphasis. But in Shearer's understanding, the idea of "control" is inappropriate. He sees instead that "Once pointed in the right direction, the mind will begin to settle down of its own accord. It needs no control or forcible restraint." (p. 68) From my experience (I began my practice of yoga in 1974) both of these ideas are correct; and indeed it is a synthesis of conscious control of the ideas of the mind along with a sense of falling away that leads to meditation and samadhi. It is a mistake to imagine that one makes no effort, since it is the very essence of yoga that one does indeed make an effort and uses technique in order to find liberation (rather than, say, faith or knowledge). Yoga is above all a practice and nothing in it can be fully appreciated without practice. But it is also a mistake to think that one can through force of will achieve samadhi. What is required is a controlled practice in which one leads the reluctant mind and body to a place of relaxed concentration in which meditation is allowed to take place. But let's now look at how Iyengar translates this famous second aphorism: "Yoga is the cessation of movements in the consciousness." He adds, "This vital sutra contains the definition of yoga: the control or restraint of the movement of consciousness, leading to their complete cessation." (Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, p. 46) While I think Shearer's translation is very much worthwhile, I am less enthusiastic about his interpretation. He devotes the last part of his Introduction to the famous "siddhas" (psychic powers). He attempts to justify and explain them in terms of quantum mechanics, averring that "the subatomic universe...reveals a reality that is every bit as strange as Patanjali's." (p. 79) He even compares the superfluidity of helium near absolute zero to what is possible in the "least excited state of awareness" (i.e., the self in samadhi). This sophistic suggestion, which has largely been discredited, at least in the scientific community, relies on the false belief that the human mind (a macro object all the way down to the molecular level) can in some way operate on the quantum level. This is "New Age" babble of the most annoying sort and does not in any way explain the so-called psychic powers. Anyone who has practiced yoga long enough and has become adept at meditation has experienced these psychic powers, but realizes that they are phenomena of the mind and have nothing to do with ordinary consciousness or ordinary experience. They are--and this is why they are valuable and why Patanjali mentions them--signposts on the way to samadhi. When one experiences a siddha, it is an indication that one has stilled the ordinary mind and is making progress. I don't think Shearer really understands this. I could also take exception to his interpretation of some of the limbs of Patanjali's yoga, or express my appreciation of some of his insights. For example, I think his translation of shaucha (sauca) as "simplicity" instead of the usual "cleanliness" or "purity" is very agreeable. On the other hand, I could disagree with his interpretation of brahmacharya as something more than celibacy. I think brahmacharya means exactly that, celibacy. Or I could find his idea that pratyahara is akin to William Blake's "closing the doors of perception" (p. 68) interesting and worth adding to the regular meaning of "withdrawal of the senses." But these fine distinctions would be beside the point. Note well that the sole purpose of Patanjali's yoga is liberation from the pair of opposites (pleasure and pain) that dominate our lives. The word "samadhi" (the goal of yoga) means both the highest level of meditation and something akin to the Buddhist "satori," or enlightenment. All of yoga is a means to this end. For anyone beginning their yoga practice this book can help, but it should be understood that reading this or any other translation and interpretation of Patanjali's yoga sutras is only the beginning and is actually worthless without the concomitant practice of yoga. --Dennis Littrell, author of “Yoga: Sacred and Profane (Beyond Hatha Yoga)”

  3. 4 out of 5

    Saiisha

    Until Patanjali wrote his original yoga sutras about 4000 years ago, there was no written record about yoga, even though it was already being practiced for centuries. Sutra in Sanksrit means a thread that holds things together. Each of Patanjali's short, sharp and succinct sutras is like a little knot in the thread, to be teased apart for its wisdom. So there are several translations and interpretations of his work, and I've read quite a few. All of them have something to say - with a different Until Patanjali wrote his original yoga sutras about 4000 years ago, there was no written record about yoga, even though it was already being practiced for centuries. Sutra in Sanksrit means a thread that holds things together. Each of Patanjali's short, sharp and succinct sutras is like a little knot in the thread, to be teased apart for its wisdom. So there are several translations and interpretations of his work, and I've read quite a few. All of them have something to say - with a different angle, for a different audience. I recommend Alistair Shearer's version, not just for his translation, but for the wonderful introduction to the Sutras that is almost necessary to understand the Sutras themselves. If you're interested in spirituality, philosophy, yoga, etc., join my Old Souls Book Club (https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...) for other recommendations and thought-provoking conversations!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bernie Gourley

    There are about a billion editions of Patanjali’s The Yoga Sutras. The one I got was a free or very cheap on Kindle, and is, therefore, probably not the best edition. I don’t know that the Kindle version I got still exists because it included a supplemental essay by Swami Vivekananda that the version I linked to on Amazon doesn’t. However, the translation is the same, and is by Charles Johnston. For many old works, the edition might not matter too much, but for Patanjali’s Sutras it matters a gr There are about a billion editions of Patanjali’s The Yoga Sutras. The one I got was a free or very cheap on Kindle, and is, therefore, probably not the best edition. I don’t know that the Kindle version I got still exists because it included a supplemental essay by Swami Vivekananda that the version I linked to on Amazon doesn’t. However, the translation is the same, and is by Charles Johnston. For many old works, the edition might not matter too much, but for Patanjali’s Sutras it matters a great deal. First, there’s the issue of the quality of the translation. Beyond that, however, is the question of the analysis. The Yoga Sutras are extremely brief, consisting of only 196 aphorisms. Owing to the terse brevity of the Sanskrit language, many of these aphorisms are only a few words long. That means that there isn’t a high degree of precision in the language of the Sutras, and, consequently, there’s a great deal of room for misunderstanding and misinterpretation. It’s for good reason, therefore, that most editions are 90% or greater commentary on Patanjali’s words. The Sutras are typically divided into 4 chapters (this convention apparently came well after Patanjali wrote them.) The first section lays out the objective of yoga. The central notion is the need for Chitta Vrtta Nirodha, which basically means to transcend the fluctuations of the mind. Patanjali’s point is that the problem faced by mankind is that people’s minds are run amok. There is a need for some system to facilitate correction of all this monkey-mindedness. That’s where Chapter 2 comes in. The second chapter lays down an outline of Ashtanga Yoga, which is the eight-fold path of Raja Yoga (i.e. Royal Yoga). While modern-day people tend to think of yoga only as pretzel-like physical postures, that’s just one of the eight limbs of yoga. The eight limbs are: commandments (yama), rules (niyama), postures (asana), control of breath (pranayama), withdrawal of the senses (pratyahara), concentration (dhanara), meditation (dhyana), and liberation (samadhi.) It’s interesting to note that the limb that many think of as yoga, i.e. the postures, is one of the most briefly covered. Most famously, Patanjali says in Ch.2, Sutra #46, “Sukham Sthiram Asanam” (i.e. postures should be stable and effortless.) The massive body of asana that developed in Hatha Yoga were initially just a means to give one the ability to sit still for a long periods of time comfortably enough to get one’s mind in order. The third chapter talks a little bit about the last three of the eight limbs (i.e. concentration, meditation, and liberation.) However, the bulk of this chapter is devoted to the supposed magic powers that yogis claimed to have had as a result of their work on improving their minds. For skeptics and scientifically-minded individuals (e.g. yours truly), this is where the Sutras take a silly turn. The translation in question came out in 1912, and it’s clear that rationalism was already gaining hold and magic was getting to be a harder sell. I suspect that was the reason for the inclusion of Swami Vivekananda’s essay entitled “The Powers of the Mind”—to capitalize on the gravitas of the renowned yogi to convince people that chapter 3 isn’t bunk. The fourth chapter wraps up the book neatly--discussing karma and the liberation of the karmic cycle achieved through the state of higher consciousness called samadhi. If one has more than a superficial interest in yoga, it’s pretty much obligatory to read some edition of Patanjali’s The Yoga Sutras. I didn’t find this edition to be devastatingly poor, but there seems to be a consensus among reviewers that it’s not among the best translations / commentaries. I would recommend that one read some version of these sutras, be it BKS Iyengar’s Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Swami Vivekananda’s edition, or Swami Satchidananda’s version. I don’t have any experience with these other editions, though I have read works by BKS Iyengar and Swami Vivekananda, and found works by both to be well-written and clear. Notwithstanding the parts about magical superpowers, the book does provide a lot of food for thought, and in nice bite-sized pieces.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Adams

    A wonderful book to be read over and over again. Stiles includes a section providing word-by-word breakdown of the Sanskrit to accompany a translation meant to capture true meaning. A valuable addition to the bookshelf of any yogi.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Polly Trout

    The amount of time I've spent rereading Asian scriptures in the past month is embarrassing, but its an obsession that always helps me pull myself together when I'm crazy and heartbroken. I spent a few weeks reading this one every single morning (don't panic - it's short and only takes about 20 minutes if you skip the commentary), and it cheered me up enormously. Shearer's translation is accessible, clean, and elegant -- but not particularly accurate. It is a good gateway translation to the text, The amount of time I've spent rereading Asian scriptures in the past month is embarrassing, but its an obsession that always helps me pull myself together when I'm crazy and heartbroken. I spent a few weeks reading this one every single morning (don't panic - it's short and only takes about 20 minutes if you skip the commentary), and it cheered me up enormously. Shearer's translation is accessible, clean, and elegant -- but not particularly accurate. It is a good gateway translation to the text, or a good mnemonic device if you already know a great deal about Indian philosophy and just want a quick review/kick in the pants. Now I'm working through Barbara Stoller Miller's translation, which is considerably more scholarly. It's always fun to compare different translations of scripture if you don't know the original languages, which I don't. Here's some great quotes from Shearer's translation: "The mind becomes clear and serene when the qualities of the heart are cultivated: friendliness toward the joyful, compassion toward the suffering, happiness toward the pure, and impartiality toward the impure." "When we are firmly established in nonviolence, all beings around us cease to feel hostility. When we are firmly established in truthfulness, action accomplishes its desired end. When we are firmly established in integrity, all riches present themselves freely. When we are firmly established in chastity, subtle potency is generated. When we are established in nonattachment, the nature and purpose of existence is understood."

  7. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    I found the way the author wrote confusing. I got lost in his sentences and gave up paying close attention quickly so there may be value in his interpretation but not for me. I would read more on the sutras but not by Charles Johnston.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carissa

    For context: I got introduced to the practice of Yoga and meditation last December 2019, and have been trying to keep it up until now. This is a good book to read if you are into Yoga, of course, specifically if you have been experiencing a moment of existential crisis and trying to find your place through Yoga - at least for me. As expected, this was a heavy, slow read - but only because the concepts need to be digested and reflected upon. Not like your usual storytelling book, of course. Due to t For context: I got introduced to the practice of Yoga and meditation last December 2019, and have been trying to keep it up until now. This is a good book to read if you are into Yoga, of course, specifically if you have been experiencing a moment of existential crisis and trying to find your place through Yoga - at least for me. As expected, this was a heavy, slow read - but only because the concepts need to be digested and reflected upon. Not like your usual storytelling book, of course. Due to the community quarantine, I've had more time to read (in general), and I found that doing a 30-min meditation (with background nature music) before reading this book has been helpful in keeping my sanity or at least in not losing it completely. Namasté.

  9. 4 out of 5

    James Violand

    A must read. This is a synthesis of the method for spiritual fulfillment. Whether you are Sufi, Hindu, Catholic, Neo-Platonist, Peripatetic, in fact, any believer in a higher power you will find guidance here and confirmation of your faith or philosophy. I will read it again and again.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Neeraj Shukla

    This is a great book. Patanjali would be someone I would like to converse with in 2017. He was way way ahead of his time. The intellectual depth of this book is astounding.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Pooja

    Life guide. Currently, number of reads stands at 2.5

  12. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Van Holder

    It makes one humble to reflect upon the wisdom of yoga.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Gwen

    I’m going to wait to rate this book until the translation is translated for me in class. Woah.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Scott Bischke

    From my blog post about this book; see http://www.emountainworks.com/scottbi... I spent some time looking for a book about Patañjali's Yoga Sutras. I've got some idea now just what sutra's are, but I want better insight into the content of Patañjali's take on the sutras as they relate to yoga, and more broadly to life. So I started where I often start, looking for a book on the topic. I found no shortage of versions of Patañjali's Yoga Sutras, as well as no shortage of opinions on those books. Oft From my blog post about this book; see http://www.emountainworks.com/scottbi... I spent some time looking for a book about Patañjali's Yoga Sutras. I've got some idea now just what sutra's are, but I want better insight into the content of Patañjali's take on the sutras as they relate to yoga, and more broadly to life. So I started where I often start, looking for a book on the topic. I found no shortage of versions of Patañjali's Yoga Sutras, as well as no shortage of opinions on those books. Often I found reviewers deriding authors for inserting too much of their own interpretation into a book that may be 5000 years old. How can you, dear author, know what Patañjali meant? That thought resonated with me, so I eventually settled on two versions of Patañjali's Yoga Sutras: one straight translation with no interpretation put forward (other than that from the translation); and another translation released in 1912 by an author named Charles Johnson. Not sure why, it just seems comforting that Johnson was around "way back when". The first thing I wanted to do was pick up some simple logistical structure of Patañjali's Yoga Sutras. Here's what I learned: * Patañjali prescribed or recorded almost 200 sutras--one author says 196, another 195, Johnson calls out 194. But I'm not going to quibble. Whoever's right, it's still way more wisdom than I am likely to be able to cram into my meager brain. * The yoga sutras are broken into four well-recognized books, each with a recognized theme. I want to talk about the four books, but first here's the thing that I struggle with--the translation comes from Sanskrit, so much of the trying to get through the yoga sutras is endless time stumbling over language without ever getting to the soul of the book, that wisdom, those aphorisms I really want to delve into. To boot, here's some bits and pieces pulled (sometimes verbatim) and blended from several references: * Samadhi Pada (51 sutras).--Samadhi is the main technique the yogin learns by which to dive into the depths of the mind to achieve Kaivalya. * Sadhana Pada (55 sutras).--Sadhana is the Sanskrit word for "practice" or "discipline". In this book Patañjali outlines two forms of Yoga, Kriya and Ashtanga. * Vibhuti Pada (54 sutras, per Johnson).--Vibhuti is the Sanskrit word for "power". 'Supra-normal powers', siddhi are acquired by the practice of yoga. * Kaivalya Pada (34 sutras).--Kaivalya stands for emancipation or liberation and is used interchangeably with moksha, the goal of yoga. I'm sorry folks, but my eyes quickly glaze over when the words look and sound like gibberish. So let me try describing the four books of Patañjali's Yoga Sutras again, and with the help of more research try to pull those descriptions back into language I as least have half a chance to understand: * Concentration.--Book 1 is about improving concentration and gaining control of the mind. * Practice.--Book 2 is about how we practice yoga, and how that practice sets the foundation for spiritual growth. * Growth.--Book 3 is about growing our practice in the spiritual realm. * Freedom.--Book 4 is about freeing our soul, or gaining salvation. Ok, that helps...at least me...at least a little bit, anyway. Next up, I want to begin to tackle the sutras themselves. Thus far I am in Book One and Johnson has taken me through the first 38 sutras. I admit to great excitement as I "read ahead" and see that Book Two includes instruction or declaration of the 8 Limbs of Yoga, something I have long wanted to learn about. (And there, dear reader, is when my eyes really glazed over. I got lost in the what seemed like too much giberish. Perhaps I am just not that smart, but though I skimmed and pushed and tried to decipher the rest of the way, I cannot in honesty tell you I came away with more than that already described.)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ichatelain

    Liked the simplicity and to the point nature of the author’s notes. I have three versions of the Sutras, all different authors and lengths as sometimes I like a more detailed analysis and sometimes short and sweet is really nice. The content itself is transformative stuff.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    A lovely, well-written introductory translation of the Yoga Sutras. I say "introductory" because Vivekananda here gives short, digestible passages on the aphorisms, which are well-suited for those who've not had much exposure to the Yoga Sutras before (for a more in-depth translation, I like Satchidananda's).. In some instances, Vivekananda gives great examples that really illustrate the point an aphorism is trying to make, and in fact, I wish he had included more of these. I also would've liked A lovely, well-written introductory translation of the Yoga Sutras. I say "introductory" because Vivekananda here gives short, digestible passages on the aphorisms, which are well-suited for those who've not had much exposure to the Yoga Sutras before (for a more in-depth translation, I like Satchidananda's).. In some instances, Vivekananda gives great examples that really illustrate the point an aphorism is trying to make, and in fact, I wish he had included more of these. I also would've liked to see the original Sanskrit aphorisms printed here next to the translations. However, overall, this was a very good and useful version! *Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC, provided by the author and/or the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Brown

    Good information from the source. I found it a bit hard to follow at times, but only because I am not very familiar with the history of yoga. Many of the terms were just passing through my head and I couldn't keep them all straight. Having said that, I was able to capture the essence of the messages and preachings. It's amazing how we've "westernized" these principles in various forms of self-help, psychology, and mental disease. If you can understand this book, you've gone a long way in knowing Good information from the source. I found it a bit hard to follow at times, but only because I am not very familiar with the history of yoga. Many of the terms were just passing through my head and I couldn't keep them all straight. Having said that, I was able to capture the essence of the messages and preachings. It's amazing how we've "westernized" these principles in various forms of self-help, psychology, and mental disease. If you can understand this book, you've gone a long way in knowing all you need to about mental health.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Allie Jo Arendell

    "That which unites is called Yoga." -Patanjali A simple, yet brilliant foundational text of yogic philosophy. Patanjali writes the on the eight limbs of yoga and progression of the yogi via the limbs of "the organic process" of enlightenment. A non religious, but spiritual and philosophic text for all! "That which unites is called Yoga." -Patanjali A simple, yet brilliant foundational text of yogic philosophy. Patanjali writes the on the eight limbs of yoga and progression of the yogi via the limbs of "the organic process" of enlightenment. A non religious, but spiritual and philosophic text for all!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Panna das

    This is the kind of book i always searched for.. This book made me realise what I am and what I can do. never felt so strong within. I was so wrong before, the idea of god and all the religious theory for moksha.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Tronvold

    This translation is not worth reading. I ended up reading a different translation from Chip Hartranft and loved it. The Yoga Sutras are full of deep insight, I'll definitely have to reread it again to absorb more. This translation is not worth reading. I ended up reading a different translation from Chip Hartranft and loved it. The Yoga Sutras are full of deep insight, I'll definitely have to reread it again to absorb more.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tomme Fent

    I find this interpretation much more accessible than Swami Satchidananda's interpretation. I find this interpretation much more accessible than Swami Satchidananda's interpretation.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    This is the most understandable translation I have read. I enjoyed it! Now I feel lead to study this side by side with another version and see what I can decipher from between the lines.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ying Zhao

    This book is one which you constantly go back to.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sherri

    This has become one of my favorite translations of the Yoga Sutras, having read a few different versions during my years of study and practice.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sourav Banerjee

    Below average understanding over the real complex issue of Yoga Darshana. The underlying philosophy of Yoga, Samkhya Darshana is terribly misjudged.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mina Pappa

    The Sutras have such nice teachings to give but this particular book is so badly written. I'm sorry but this was n neither t pleasant nor engaging. The Sutras have such nice teachings to give but this particular book is so badly written. I'm sorry but this was n neither t pleasant nor engaging.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Carl

    I really liked the long introduction by Mr Shearer. I understand that there are other translations of the Sutras, but without having read them, not being a bodhisattva, and not reading Sanskrit, I'm willing to go with this one for now. Mr Shearer quotes from the Vishnu Purana: "Society reaches a stage where property confers rank, wealth becomes the only source of virtue, passion the sole bond of union between husband and wife, falsehood the source of success in life, sex the only means of enjoymen I really liked the long introduction by Mr Shearer. I understand that there are other translations of the Sutras, but without having read them, not being a bodhisattva, and not reading Sanskrit, I'm willing to go with this one for now. Mr Shearer quotes from the Vishnu Purana: "Society reaches a stage where property confers rank, wealth becomes the only source of virtue, passion the sole bond of union between husband and wife, falsehood the source of success in life, sex the only means of enjoyment, and outer trappings are mistaken for inner religion." Considering the Puranas date to around the first century common era, modified through the 16th century -- let's call it at least hundreds of years old -- this is a remarkable comment. (The punchline is, of course, that yoga is a path out of this mess, where yoga is inclusive of the physical we think of a yoga studio for, the mental exercise we think of as meditation, and the behavioral for which we might look to Buddha's eightfold path, etc.) The sutras themselves are brief and terse (at least in this translation, apparently not so much so in others!), and with meaning deeper than the few words might imply; I can't absorb them in a single reading. This is the sort of thing one must study repeatedly, over many years, and presumably while doing the broad concepts, while working on the eight limbs of yoga. (These are quite similar to the guidance of Buddhism: rules for living including nonviolence, integrity, contentment and the like, also focus on posture, breathing, and meditation.)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie MacDonald

    Many excellent examples of ways to liberate oneself, however as all the "old systems of beLIEf" it teaches "selflessness" and "surrender to outside sources"... This absurd programming of "ego is bad" and do EVERYTHING for others and "God" and not yourself. None of the old systems are truly liberating, they are just more subtle forms of control to keep the masses disempowered, "less than", and in need of some God or Guru to offer yourself to. This strange idea of "find someone else to blame or fi Many excellent examples of ways to liberate oneself, however as all the "old systems of beLIEf" it teaches "selflessness" and "surrender to outside sources"... This absurd programming of "ego is bad" and do EVERYTHING for others and "God" and not yourself. None of the old systems are truly liberating, they are just more subtle forms of control to keep the masses disempowered, "less than", and in need of some God or Guru to offer yourself to. This strange idea of "find someone else to blame or find someone else to give credit to" instead of taking FULL responsibility for themselves, is the number one reason why people stay asleep. Such doctrines that say "THIS" is the way, "THIS" is the seating posture and ritual to perform, etc... All nonsense. All is already within you. There is no path, YOU are the path of YOURSELF. This is a great book to gain greater perspective, but don't fall for the traps that convince you to ultimately give your power away. We are gods of ourselves. We as "the parts" contain the whole, but the Whole contains all us parts... There is no separation. There is none above or below you, just various manifestations of Source at different levels of awareness and vibration. No need to bow and worship that which you are the literal expression of... We simply nod to our elders in respect. I am sovereign unto myself. We are the angel and the demon, the light and the dark and it is ultimately our personal choice that which we choose to manifest while we are here wearing these temporary meatsuits.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Carlotta Micale

    Clear translation and interpretation of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. This is a must-read for all those people interested in Yoga practice, who want to go deeper into the philosophical foundation of the practice. The Sutras are basically aphorisms, in which the good practice of Yoga is explained. It is divided in 4 sections: Samādhi Pāda (समाधिपादः), 51 sūtra Yoga is introduced and illustrated as the path for the so-called samādhi, the state of pure awareness, that could be reach by whoever start Clear translation and interpretation of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. This is a must-read for all those people interested in Yoga practice, who want to go deeper into the philosophical foundation of the practice. The Sutras are basically aphorisms, in which the good practice of Yoga is explained. It is divided in 4 sections: Samādhi Pāda (समाधिपादः), 51 sūtra Yoga is introduced and illustrated as the path for the so-called samādhi, the state of pure awareness, that could be reach by whoever start a Yoga practice. Sādhana Pāda (साधानपादः), 55 sūtra Which is, perhaps, the core of the entire book, in which the Eight Limbed Path of Yoga are explained. Vibhūti Pāda (विभूतिपादः), 56 sūtra Here are described better the benefits of Yoga practice, and what we would feel like in the pure awareness state. Kaivalya Pāda (कैवल्यपादः), 34 sūtra Here is introduced and explained the duality between the spirit (puruṣa) and matter (prakṛti). For sure an excellent reading for who wants to bring the Yoga practice to an upper level! :)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Prashanth Nuggehalli Srinivas

    Enjoyed this gentle and quick introduction to Patanjali’s Yoga sutras. About half the book is the initial discourse about the sutras, following which is the translation of the sutras. I appreciated the authors purposeful humanist interpretation of Patanjali, framing the entire learning as an achievement of collective human consciousness. The only somewhat disappointment is the exposition on the concept of “sanyama” which tends to invoke lot of quantum physics and ventures into territories of sci Enjoyed this gentle and quick introduction to Patanjali’s Yoga sutras. About half the book is the initial discourse about the sutras, following which is the translation of the sutras. I appreciated the authors purposeful humanist interpretation of Patanjali, framing the entire learning as an achievement of collective human consciousness. The only somewhat disappointment is the exposition on the concept of “sanyama” which tends to invoke lot of quantum physics and ventures into territories of science that is not fully understood even if spiritual masters have dwelt upon these. A pleasant, quick and an enlightening read also on the idea of Yoga much beyond Asana (postures); something that needs heady reinforcement in current age when yoga suffers the need for canning and packaging, which sadly the asanas are much more amenable to than the rest.

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