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1. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali:
2. Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
3. The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali: A
4. How to Know God: The Yoga Aphorisms
5. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
6. The Yoga-Sutra of Patañjali:
7. Yoga: Discipline of Freedom: The
8. Yoga Philosophy of Patanjali:
9. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
10. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali:
11. The Wisdom of Patanjali's Yoga
12. Inside the Yoga Sutras: A Comprehensive
13. The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali
14. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
15. Patanjali's Ashtanga Yoga: From
16. Maharishi Patañjali Yoga Sutra
17. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali:
18. Meditation, Mind & Patanjali's
19. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali:
20. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali;

1. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Commentary on the Raja Yoga Sutras by Sri Swami Satchidananda
by Sri S. Satchidananda
Paperback: 263 Pages (1990-10-15)
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This valuable book provides a complete manual for the studyand practice of Raja Yoga, the path of concentration and meditation.This new deluxe printing of these timeless teachings is a treasure tobe read and referred to again and again by seekers treading thespiritual path.The classic Sutras (thought-threads), at least 4,000years old, cover the yogic teachings on ethics, meditation, andphysical postures, and provide directions for dealing with situationsin daily life. The Sutras are presented here in the purest form, withthe original Sanskrit and with translation, transliteration, andcommentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda, one of the most respected andrevered contemporary Yoga masters. In this classic context, SriSwamiji offers practical advice based on his own experience formastering the mind and achieving physical, mental and emotionalharmony. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A spiritual masterpiece translated by a spiritual master.
After I had completed reading the Yoga Sutra's, I thought I would read it another time through. There's a section in the book where Sri Swami Satchidananda says that instead of reading a book and tossing it aside, we should have just a few books to study, especially if one is on a spiritual quest. Not only did that stick with me but I have also chosen this book to help guide me through my spiritual quest. The knowledge in this book is timeless and anyone who is open to its wisdom will receive it's benefits.

2-0 out of 5 stars Yoga Sutras
While the book itself is in good shape, it had writing in it in several places...would have liked to know that

5-0 out of 5 stars Get This Book!
It was part of my required reading for my Yoga Teachers Training course, and I find the commentary about each sutra to be easy to understand and applicable to daily life. A must-have for any Yoga practitioner.

5-0 out of 5 stars great
The book was exactly what I expected, wonderfully enlightening.It arrived timely and in great condition.

5-0 out of 5 stars Enligtening
I am still in the process of reading the book, but so far I am very happy with it. ... Read more

2. Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
by B K S Iyengar
Paperback: 337 Pages (1993-08)
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Ilusstrations, Dimensions: 7.76 x 5.10 x .98 inches

Founder of the Iyengar Institute in India, B.K.S. Iyengar utilizes his over fifty years of yogic teaching experience to translate and comment on a central text, PatanjaliÂ’s Yoga Sutras. Dating back to the first half of the first millennium, this collection of 196 aphorisms defines the path to spiritual liberation through the practice of yoga. Iyengar translates this ancient Sanskrit text for the modern day yogi, providing a thorough yet accessible breakdown of each aphorism, capturing the essence of its teaching. Charts and diagrams map out the path toward spiritual evolution and explain the relationship between the different aspects of yogic principles for living and for eventually attaining Kaivalya (freedom). IyengarÂ’s translation came about from his desire to address the need for the practical application of the spiritual text. Though not recommended as a substitute for a teacher, this pragmatic exploration is an invaluable tool for dedicated yoga practitioners who wish to deepen their spiritual exploration as well as their physical practice. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Light?
I read about 15 translations of the Yoga Sutras. This one is surely not the best one among them ... to say the least ... It is overstuffed with words and lacks logic in many ways. There are passages in it wich are completely devoid of spiritual insight. It even doesn't invite the reader to think for himself and to contemplate. I was extremely disappointed. The author is very old now and surely one of the best worldwide when it comes to the subject of asanas. But the precision one can find in Iyengar asanas can nowhere be found in this treatise.

5-0 out of 5 stars Yoga Student Must Read
I am an Iyengar Yoga student and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali was chosen for our book club's first subject of discussion.Everyone in the group was free to choose whatever version they wanted. I read 2 versions and found this one to be the most user friendly, as did many of the other students.The sutras are stated and then a clear explanation is given for each.If you are a student of Yoga, please read this and understand the reason you are practicing.It will change everything.

5-0 out of 5 stars Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali B.K.S. Iyengar
Iyengar is reveered by students of yoga trained by his method, available in Light on Yoga and Light on Pranayama, practical guides that are lived with over the years. No one knows how traditional his methods are because like all else our understanding changes over time. Anyone familiar with Patangali's Yoga Sutras will know how concentrated his teaching is, or rather will appreciate that the sanskrit he taught in was a precision instrument difficult to explain to English speakers with a vast and shifting vocabulary. Patangali was not only a great exponent of yoga but also of sanskrit, the most ancient language still known, precursor of Greek, Latin and most other languages. Patanjali considered the sanskrit word for anything was sound equivalence of the thing itself. A different world, a world of sound and silence it is difficult to comprehend, to enter.
Yet Iyengar has entered and lived in that world most of his life.
Moreover he has a use of English that enables him to take us along with him. This is not a book to read in a day or two, which would scarcely be possible and certianly totally indigestable. It is a book to get to know in silent study, preferably a page or two a day whilst sitting in one's favourite asana. Everything Iyengar wants to convey and through him Patangali wants to convey is already part of your makeup as a person living in the world of nature around you. The Yoga Sutras were compiled to allow you to be yourself by getting to know yourself thoroughly. Although an alarming prospect at first sight it need not be under such expert guidance.
It is hardly conceivable that this book would mean anything at all to anyone who has not even begun yoga training. On the other hand anyone wishing to embark on exploration and improvement of self could read this book alongside Light on Yoga, learning simple yoga at first but gaining early insight into the subject from the Yoga Sutras.
Existential Buddhists will need to be tollerant of Iyengar's Hindu worship of idols (eye catching cover illustrations only) and translation of Isvara as God, these are superficial practices he, like Ghandi, adopted as their native contemporary Indian culture, harmless enough, they do not detract from brilliant lives and expositions of perennial philosophy.
Great soul, great book, used as intended it is the best purchase you are ever likely to make.

5-0 out of 5 stars Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
This book was easy to understand and really offered an excellent explanation of the Yoga Sutras.

1-0 out of 5 stars not the same edition I received
As you can see from the picture, this edition is not the one I received. That was a disappointment. ... Read more

3. The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali: A New Translation with Commentary (Shambhala Classics)
by Chip Hartranft
Paperback: 144 Pages (2003-04-01)
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In just 196 short aphorisms, this classic work of Indian philosophy spells out succinctly how the mind works, and how it is possible to use the mind to attain liberation. Compiled in the second or third century CE, theYoga-Sutra is a road map of human consciousness—and a particularly helpful guide to the mind states one encounters in meditation, yoga, and other spiritual practices. It expresses the truths of the human condition with great eloquence: how we know what we know, why we suffer, and how we can discover the way out of suffering. Chip Hartranft's fresh translation and extensive, lucid commentary bring the text beautifully to life. He also provides useful auxiliary materials, including an afterword on the legacy of theYoga-Sutra and its relevance for us today. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Ancient text with modern application
This is a great version of the Yoga Sutras for readers who are interested but a bit daunted by Sanskrit. By integrating intepretation of the text with its translation, Chip Hartranft presents this ancient wisdom in a way that is immediately applicable to our everyday attempts to live life well. He threads the most relevant Sanskrit words throughout so that you actually learn them as you read. All students of yoga should read this.

2-0 out of 5 stars better ones out there
If you read the yoga sutras, you're better off no matter what translation or additional commentary you get.That said, I didn't feel like the translation and commentary were helpful for me...I would recommend Swami Satchidananda's translation over this one.Happy reading!

5-0 out of 5 stars This is really the best Yoga Sutra Commentary.
The author's Buddhist influence is actually a good thing.The emphasis on compassion reflects itself in clear and concise teaching.

With a really good and clear explanation, one can then proceed on the road with a bit of understanding. It's a tall order, but this author has done it.

I'm all for combining both intellectual understanding
and actual practice. This book is a joy to read.

4-0 out of 5 stars Clarity and Context in Patanjali's Yoga Sutra
I Found Hartraneft's book on "The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali" to have a firm and insightful presentation of the sutra in a coherent way that elucidated the distinctions between Patanjali and his context in Hindu religion and Buddhism. But the reviews indicating that he did not distinguish the two Sanskrit terms "Cit and Citta" - and further forwarded a Buddhist agenda concerned me in that I know no Sanskrit and am a Buddhist, and thus any "spin toward Buddhism" might be invisible to me.

I supply the 2 definitions I found and hope further posts might clarify the distinction be tween "pure" yoga and how much it is truly embedded in Hindu religion by Patanjali himself.

From:The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World ReligionsAuthor: JOHN BOWKER, originally published by Oxford University Press 1997.

Cit (Skt., `See'). In Hindu thought, pure consciousness as the essential and irreducible quality of the eternal self or Brahman. In Vednta, cit is often grouped together with being (sat) and bliss (nanda) as a description of Brahman.

Citta (Skt., `that which has been seen', i.e. belonging to consciousness, cf. CIT).

In Hinduism, the reflective and thus conscious mind;

in Buddhism, an equivalent to manas (reflective mind) and vijñna (continuing consciousness).

It belongs to all beings above the level of plant life. The nature of citta received particular analysis and emphasis in Vijñanavda (also known as Yogacra)--so much so that the school is also known as Cittamtra, Mind only.
FROM: [...]

a theists view:

Citta and Cit

The liberation in life according to Samkhya is possible by the realization of separation between purusa (soul) and prakrti (body) and Yoga achieves it by uniting the self to a higher reality (e.g. God) and away from the body. Yoga is thus considered as practical aspect of the theoretical Samkhya philosophy.

Moreover, even though it is logical to study intellect (buddhi), mind (manas) and ego (ahamkar) as separate entities in Samkhya, in terms of their practical applicability (as in Yoga) it may be useful to treat them as one (citta or chitta). For example, in day to day activities of a jiwa (living being), all of them (intellect, ego and mind) are activated at the same time and it's hard to be precise about their individual participation (influences and effects). Thus citta seems a more logical choice for the combination of intellect, mind and ego according to Yoga philosophy (literature).

5-0 out of 5 stars I don't know the author, yet I love this book
I am no expert on the Sutras. I read parts of several versions of the sutras looking for one I could study without constantly questioning the commentary. Other versions add a lot in the commentary that arguably is not meant in the original. For example, a version by Satchidananda mentions "God" after just about every line in the Sutras. I don't know Sanskrit, but the word which is being translated as "God" may mean something more like an impersonal pure awareness, and whatever it means, it does not appear in the text nearly as often as Satchidananda brings it up. Hartranft's was the best translation I for my purposes; his commentary seems to take fewer liberties. ... Read more

4. How to Know God: The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali
by Swami Prabhavananda, Christopher Isherwood, Patanjali
Paperback: 256 Pages (2007-12-12)
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The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali is a major work on the practice of yoga and meditation. Through these ancient aphorisms you will learn how to control your mind and achieve inner peace and freedom. Although these methods were taught over 2,000 years ago, they are as alive and effective today as they have ever been. The 2008 edition has been reset and now has an extensive index for reference. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Source of Inspiration and Guidance
An absolute must for anyone interested in yoga. Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood translate and explain the yoga sutras by Patanjali in a beautiful way. A never ending source of inspiration and guidance.

5-0 out of 5 stars The book that started it all for me..
In about 1970 I was 12 years old, raised in So Cal, felt alienated from Christianity but desperately wanted some answers.Even though my parents were conservative midwesterners they had some hollywood friends that dabbled in eastern mysticism as any self respecting intellectual did in those days.

I just happened to find this book stuck in the crack of the backseat of my fathers car one day.Took it home and read it and it just blew open the doors.Finally something that felt authentic and real in religion/mysticism.Thereafter I spent all my teen years studying yoga and meditation and read hundreds of books on the subject.But none I felt were as clear and compelling as this.I really loved the clear eyed understanding and writing style of Christopher Isherwood, and read a number of his other books.

I'm so glad to see this is in print still and am about to download the Kindle version to re-familiarize myself.Obviously this book has had a more profound affect on my life than any other.The fact that it's still in print along with all the great reviews means it's probably aged well.

4-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for understanding Yoga Sutras
I'm in a yoga certification course and the instructor recommended we have the book. It's great! Really helps in understanding the Yoga Sutra's. It's not something you pick-up and can't put down, more the read a little bit everyday type of book. Kind of like an apple a day.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not recommended
This is not a good translation and in addition the authors add so much commentary that wanders away from the meaning (and is often completely tangential to the meaning), that this book cannot be recommended. One wonders to what extent the writers have actually meditated. There are better translations with better commentary.

5-0 out of 5 stars Guide to magic
Several people, like Deepak Chopra and Dr. Wayne Dyer, mentioned this book, and don't let the title fool you - it has nothing to do with religion. It does tell you that you can do things you never thought you could - or any human could, apart from X-men. It's a yellow brick road, if you will. If you realize that anything like this is possible and quite achievable, then you would know God. ... Read more

5. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
by Patanjali
Paperback: 432 Pages (2003-07-31)
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One of yoga's most important and influential works, The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali forms a keystone of Indian philosophical and religious thought. This translation by a Harvard professor ranks among the most acclaimed interpretations of Patañjali's work. The eight-step path to Raja Yoga consists of restraint, observances, posture, breath control, sublimation, attention, concentration, and meditation. This volume contains complete sutras, along with a commentary by Veda-Vyasa and explanations by Vachaspati-Miçra, plus background information provided by the translator's introduction and appendixes. Unabridged republication of the classic 1927 edition.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Translation
I have seen several translations of the Yoga Sutras.This one is the best.I think it organises it in a way that allows for the modern reader to get the point.Also, because the book is small, it is easy to take in a pocket and read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect translation for my Teacher Training Program
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali can be heavy material for the new yogi/yogini. When I came across this version, I found it to be the perfect translation of the sacred teachings for the students of my teacher training program. Succinct and easy to read, Shearer's trasnlation is the perfect compliment to any student's further yoga studies. Tracey L. Ulshafer, author "Butterfly"

4-0 out of 5 stars Alistair's Yoga Sutras
This little gem is a great beginning for a newcomer to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. It is easy to read, and organized in a nice way. It can aide the study of the sutras when studied along with other more detailed Sutra translations (such as BKS Iyengar's Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.) My husband, a non-yogi, picked this book up from the bed, whereas he never picked up Iyengar's version. It is easy to read, accessible to a novice, and a more poetic and simple to understand translation. For those diehards who are studying every translation on the sutras possible, I suggest Prof. Edwin Bryants'new translation on the Sutras.

1-0 out of 5 stars This is NOT the Alister Shearer Translation
[edit: it looks like, unfortunately, this review is linked to multiple versions of the yoga sutras.You'll find this in the reviews of the non Alistair version, and the real Alistair version.But apparently the publishers finally listened to my nagging and published the real Alistair version to the kindle store.Hooray.It is one of my two favorite translations of the Sutras.It captures the essence without erudite verbal masturbation (at least in the actual translation ;) So, just be sure you double check your getting the version you want.]

I don't know how they did it, but they got the reviews for the awesome Alistair Shearer translation of the Yoga Sutras, to show up for this kindle version, and even a link from the original Alistair translation, so you come to this page if you want the kindle version, and all the nice reviews for the Alistair version show up for this book.

THIS IS NOT THE ALISTAIR TRANSLATION.And I highly resent being led to believe so, because I was really excited about getting that version for my kindle.
THE REVIEWS YOU ARE READING ABOUT IT ARE FOR THE ACTUAL ALISTAIR SHEARER TRASLATION.The hard cover, paper and ink book that says translated by Alistair ShearerNot this digital impostor.

This is just another boring, academic and dry translation.I think you can get the same thing through Wikipedia or Google books for free, which makes me wonder if the poster is even the real author.Sigh.Maybe I can email Alistair's publisher and get them to do the actual book for kindle.And whoever did this: picture your mother looking cross and waving her finger at you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Condition, quick and efficient!!
This book was in perfect condition, came to me quickly and was very well done by amazon. Thanks. ... Read more

6. The Yoga-Sutra of Patañjali: A New Translation and Commentary
by Georg Feuerstein Ph.D.
 Paperback: 196 Pages (1989-12-01)
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Approximately two thousand years old, The Yoga-Sutra of Patañjali is the landmark scripture on classical yoga. The translation and commentary provided here by Georg Feuerstein are outstanding for their accessibility and their insight into the essential meaning of this ancient and complex text.

A scholar of international renown who has studied and practiced yoga since the age of fourteen, Feuerstein also brings to The Yoga-Sutra of Patañjali his experience as a professional indologist. His faithful and informed rendering of the aphorisms (sutras) is based on extensive personal research into the Sanscrit sources. Each word is explained so that the entire text becomes readily available to the western reader and student of yoga.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A splendid work by the youthful scholar
This is one of Feuerstein's earliest works, written in the late seventies when he was around thirty years old.It is a young scholar's book, marked by impatience with the scholarly establishment's misconceptions and errors, and filled with enthusiasm for setting the old guys aright.It is vigorously pedantic and refreshingly candid.

Inspired by the great Romanian scholar Mircea Eliade, who, in his monumental Yoga: Immortality and Freedom (1958) (see my review at Amazon), set the standard for all scholarly works on yoga, Feuerstein translates the most important Sanskrit word in Patanjali's scheme, "samadhi" as "enstasy," eschewing the usual and inadequate "ecstasy."Enstasy was Eliade's coinage.Both he and Feuerstein were understandably dissatisfied with "ecstasy" since it does not adequately convey the complex meaning of samadhi.Unfortunately neither does enstasy, and worse yet, the word is practically unknown in English.Webster's Unabridged Second International Dictionary, which was the standard at the time, doesn't even list it.

The solution of course is to avoid any attempt at a direct word-for-word translation of "samadhi" and instead allow the context to define it.That is the usual practice today.I make this point because I think it illustrates the kind of mistake that Feuerstein, who has gone on to become perhaps the world's leading academic authority on yoga, would not make today.Indeed in his The Shambhala Encyclopedia of Yoga (1997), relying upon a number of different yogic traditions, Feuerstein defines "samadhi" using various modifications and qualifications of "ecstasy" and does not employ the word "enstasy" at all.

Also of interest is Feuerstein's use of the esoteric word "nescience" for the Sanskrit "avidya" when the simple "ignorance" would seem to do as well.I hasten to add however that Feuerstein even then was an accomplished scholar, and perhaps his usage is necessary, although I believe "nescience" would be better employed as a translation of "ajnana" and not "avidya" in most cases.

Samadhi in its various forms is the goal and raison d'être of yoga with the understanding that in samadhi is liberation ("moksha") and freedom from samsara and what the Buddha termed the "unsatisfactoriness" of life. Samadhi is also understood as meditation itself or (from Ernest Wood) "contemplation."The full truth is that samadhi cannot really be defined.It can only be experienced.And that will come only with time, effort and practice--which is what Patanjali's yoga is all about.

Feuerstein knows yoga the way a mother knows her child--that is, thoroughly with love and devotion.So it is noteworthy that he calls Patanjali's yoga "Classical Yoga" and identifies it as one of several yogic approaches to God-realization.See his Yoga, The Technology of Ecstasy (1989) for a thorough exploration, and see especially page 40 where he presents "the wheel of Yoga" with eight yogas such as karma yoga, bhakti yoga, etc., leading to transcendence.

Significantly Feuerstein makes a distinction between what he calls "kriya yoga" and the eight limbs of yoga usually associated with Patanjali.This is curious because it is this asta-anga yoga that is celebrated today as being the essence of Patanjali's yoga and is the basis for the practice of hatha and raja yoga. The famous eight limbs are yama (abstentions); niyama (observances)--these first two are the moral commandments of yoga--asana (posture); pranayama (breath control); pratyahara (sense withdrawal); dharana (concentration); dhyana (meditation); and samadhi (contemplation).The first five are usually thought of as part of the hatha yoga practice leading to the final three as the essence of raja yoga.Feuerstein believes that the second chapter of the sutra (Sadhana-Pada) "is a composite of two independent traditions, viz. the Kriya-Yoga of Patanjali and the asta-anga-yoga of whose systematic model Patanjali availed himself." (p. 59)Contrary to what some other commentators and translators believe, Feuerstein asserts that one of the central ideas of the sutra, that of devotion to God (Isvara), which he sees as part of Kriya-Yoga,is part of Patanjali's expression and not an interpolation.This is an important point since without such an expression, Patanjali's yoga can be seen as purely secular without the need of God for deliverance.

Since there are many translations and commentaries on Patanjali's famous aphorisms, the question arises, what is the value of Feuerstein's book in relation to the others?I have read and studied several, and have to say that I would not recommend Feuerstein's work for the beginner nor would I recommend it as the exclusive source.The great value of this youthful work is in its thoroughness of approach.Feuerstein not only defines each word in the text, he explains each aphorism, some in considerable depth, while sometimes haggling over which expression best conveys Patanjali's meaning. Additionally, the book contains a "continuous translation" sans commentary, a Sanskrit word index (unfortunately for me, at least, in Sanskrit alphabetical order!), an overview of topics discussed by Patanjali, a regular index, and a couple of introductory essays.

But the problem for the student is exactly this plethora of information.Consequently I would recommend that the reader begin with a simpler and more straightforward text such as that by Ernest Wood, or Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood, or Shree Purohit Swami (with help from the poet W.B. Yeats), or some others, and after a first reading then use Feuerstein's book as an aid to study.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best modern translation
I had to reorder this book because I wore out my copy.Which, come to think of it, is a mark against the binding.It is glued. But to be fair I really used it a lot.
Feuerstein is a Sanskrit scholar and shows how he interprets each word or phrase into modern usage.He is a spiritual traveler himself and knows what is helpful. His emphasis is on how we can understand ourselves better.
The book is concise but he also gives an excellent overview of the philosophy and history of Raja Yoga.
This book is made especially for ease of use on a very difficult intellectual topic.Patanjali can be confusing and too brief in the sense that he only touches on extremely important topics.For the first time reader F. has made much more of Patanjali's work accessible in this fine book.

3-0 out of 5 stars can't say good or bad, depends on your interest, who you are
what's so opaque about the aphorisms that writers start to pre-interpret them for you, invariably tinted with their own precepts and ideas? It's a little like somebody chewing your food for you. The aphorisms are not that opaque and its an enjoyable and useful excercise to read them in their simple, bare and clear form, until the understanding comes - your own realizations rather then someone elses. You could read a book like this over the weekend, but I'm not sure it's supposed to be read like that. It seems better you should do the mental work yourself, aphorism by aphorism. There is an effect to this, which could be lost if it's all been solved and explained for you. Therefore I prefer authors that appeared to be going to great lengths to avoid adding too much of their own coloring, like William Q. Judge's interpretation from 1914. That is regrettably only available from Kessinger in bound photocopy format. I wish somebody would make a decent new print of it.

Anyways, Patanjali's aphorisms are worth the time in any form and I shall thank any author who spent his time to bring them to more of us, different introductions will appeal to different people.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not worth the time
Criticizing other's interpretations of the sutra is not the way to expound your own understanding (or lack of it) of this classic yoga text. Yoga is a practical science, not an academic exposition of your point of view. If you want to gain a working, practical understanding of the sutra to deepen your own personal practice, try a translation by one of the Indian interpreters such as I.K. Taimni.

3-0 out of 5 stars Among the best - still missing somethings
I have looked at atleast 8 translations of Patanjali. Dr. Feurstein's is among the best. Particularly appealing is his defining Sanskrit roots, however, I wish he would have had the text in Sanskrit as well as transliteration. At times he gets overly pedantic and I believe misses the meaning of the sutra. It is the problem with all the available translations. Some of his translations don't make sense. Once again a common problem. At times he comes forth with very astute observations. It is not easy to get to Kaivalya from here. ... Read more

7. Yoga: Discipline of Freedom: The Yoga Sutra Attributed to Patanjali
by Patanjali
Paperback: 128 Pages (1998-03-02)
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Dating from about the third century A.D., the Yoga Sutra distills the essence of the physical and spiritual discipline of yoga into fewer than two hundred brief aphorisms. It is the core text for any study of meditative practice, revered for centuries for its brilliant analysis of mental states and of the process by which inner liberation is achieved. Yet its difficulties are legendary, and until now, no translation has made it fully accessible.

This new translation, hailed by Yoga Journal for its "unsurpassed readability," is by one of the leading Sanskrit scholars of our time, whose Bhagavad Gita has become a recognized classic. It includes an introduction to the philosophy and psychology underlying the Yoga Sutra, the full text with explanatory commentary, and a glossary of key terms in Sanskrit and English. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars a simple ,clear translation
I think this would be a wonderful starting point for anyone who is just starting to explore the Yoga Sutras.The writing is clear and concise.Without Sanskrit and organized for simplicity , this might be a good jumping off point for a beginner or just another point of view to add to an ever increasing number of commentaries on this age old wisdom tradition

5-0 out of 5 stars The Yoga Sutra Attributed to Patanjali
The book arrived in the stated time period and is what I expected; I'm well satisfied with the service.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worthy of reading.
The yoga sutras are a good beginning. Patanjali was a dualist, if you have monist tendencies, try the Shiva Sutras.

This translation is good.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for a first reading
The main strength of this book is in the late Professor Miller's Introduction which is lucid and insightful in identifying and placing Patanjali's Yoga Sutras for the general reader.The weakness is in Miller's use of certain non-yogic and sometimes misleading terms in her translation, usage which stems from her position as an academic of yoga and not a practitioner.Sometimes she translates words that probably should not be translated since there are no real English equivalents--for example, "samadhi" itself.And sometimes she uses what I would consider not the most agreeable English equivalent.

Her use of the word "spirit" in the third aphorism is an example: "When thought ceases, the spirit stands in its true identity as observer to the world."The Sanskrit word she is translating is "drashtri" which is usually "seer" although it can also mean "soul," according to B.K.S. Iyengar.When one reads the next aphorism, "Otherwise, the observer [seer] identifies with the turnings of thought" it becomes clear that the seer is not spirit; indeed "spirit" is a confusing word in this context since it has no clear cognate in the dualistic yoga philosophy.The closest equivalent would be "purusha" but that would be inappropriate since that refers to the entire non-material consciousness (as opposed to "prakriti," which is what is manifested).Perhaps I should simply say that "soul" in yogic philosophy is not the same thing as "spirit."

Another example would be her translation of vairagya in I.15as "dispassion" which is technically correct but misses the larger meaning of the non-attachment that comes from renunciation, which is the point of the aphorism.

I could also quibble with her use of the word "contemplation" as the equivalent of the Sanskrit "samadhi."But it is really impossible to translate the last three limbs of yoga: dharana, dhyana, and samadhi into English, and the contemporary practice is to simply use the Sanskrit terms themselves.And, at any rate, there is considerable controversy about the experience of these states.Miller follows the established practice of rendering them respectively as concentration, meditation, and contemplation.Yet it is clear that samadhi, especially "nirbija samadhi" or seedless samadhi, is beyond contemplation.Georg Feuerstein actually defines samadhi as "ecstasy."

Another strength of the book is the translation itself--once one puts aside the quibbles about some of the terms and looks at the forest, as it were, of the entire expression.Miller has worked hard to make the text readily accessible to the general reader by using familiar terms in familiar sentence structures.She also groups several related aphorisms together and comments on them as a whole, giving each group a title.For example, aphorisms I.17 - I.22 are labeled, "Ways of Stopping Thought."This organization works well in helping the reader to a good overall understanding of Patanjali with only a first reading.Miller has not simplified the text or dumbed it down in any sense.What she has done is to give the pithy statements a sort of liquidity that makes for easy reading.

Her subtitle: "Discipline of Freedom" is an apt description of Patanjali's yoga in the sense that this yoga employs technique and practice to reach liberation whereas other yogas might employ faith and devotion, selfless service, or knowledge as ways to transcend this earthly existence.

I would recommend that this text be studied in conjunction with Iyengar's Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (1993) since that book contains a more detailed exposition of Patanjali's text and has more extensive commentaries.

4-0 out of 5 stars How Can Someone Know God?
This is a very condensed translation of the fundamental theological handbook for those who want to devote themselves to the austerities of the study of the details of the metaphysics of meditation on God (which transcend any particular religion). From the precision of the translation I can see that Dr. Barbara Miller had been studying this work for long time before she wrote this book. She has left out the details of the tranlations of the Sanskrit words. Of course, she would have had to a assume a fundmental knowledge of the Sanskrit language and its alphabet for this(Mr. Houston at the American Sanskrit Institute has published some very useful tapes and workbooks for this). Also, she leaves out translations of most of the very enlightening comments of the Hindu sage Vyasa (these are available in English in the book by Swami Hariharananda and also the book which she references in the Harvard Oriental series by Dr. Houghton Woods). Nevertheless, by giving us a concise translation of these important scriptures which are faithful to the original Sanskrit she has done good. Thank you Dr. Miller for your scholarly work in this area. ... Read more

8. Yoga Philosophy of Patanjali: Containing His Yoga Aphorisms with Vyasa's Commentary in Sanskrit and a Translation with Annotations Including Many Suggestions for the Practice of Yoga
by Swami Hariharananda Aranya
Paperback: 514 Pages (1984-06-30)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great translation!!!!!!Correct translation. One of the best
Okay, there are alot of translations of this out there. Sanskrta is a precise language. This is one of the best that i have read. Best is to learn sanskrt yourself, less expensive and time consuming is to read this book. :)

2-0 out of 5 stars Sutras
Only for the hard core. This is not the easiest to understand of the translations out there

5-0 out of 5 stars Experiencing the Yoga Sutras
I had this book for the past 7 years, and find it to be an invaluable resource.What makes this text so unique is that is has both a translation of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, and a translation and commentary on Vyasa's commentary of Patanjali.Vyasa is perhaps the most famous commentary on Patanjali.The Sanskrit into English translation is excellent.I have verified this and studied the text with a world-renowned Sanskrit scholar.This particular book is also good because it provides extensive commentary and recommended practices for Yoga. Before beginning some of these practices it is best to practice them under an enlightened Guru, if you are a beginner to Yoga.Studying the Sutras with a Scholar is another recommendation of mine if you want to get a clear understanding and come to profound realizations.

Again, this is an excellent text, and a text you will come back to again and again if you have a genuine interest in Yoga.I highly recommend this text if you are interested in going deeper in your understanding of Yoga philosophy and the Sânkhya-Yoga philosophy.

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Only Real One
If you are really interested in Yoga-as a practitioner and not merely out of intellectual curiosity-this is one of the best books you will ever own. It is a thorough commentary on the Yoga Sutras from the viewpoint of a true Master practitioner, containing countless jewels of profound insight into Yoga practice. It gives hints, and even many outright disclosures, of the real techniques of Yoga. I have read a number of translations of the Yoga Sutras, and this is not merely the best, it is in my opinion the only real one.

If my house were on fire, and I had just a moment to grab a few things on my way out, this book would be one of them. Buy it and put it on the top shelf of your bookcase, where it belongs.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Only Real One
If you are really interested in Yoga-as a practitioner and not merely out of intellectual curiosity-this is one of the best books you will ever own. It is a thorough commentary on the Yoga Sutras from the viewpoint of a true Master practitioner, containing countless jewels of profound insight into Yoga practice. It gives hints, and even many outright disclosures, of the real techniques of Yoga. I have read a number of translations of the Yoga Sutras, and this is not merely the best, it is in my opinion the only real one.

If my house were on fire, and I had just a moment to grab a few things on my way out, this book would be one of them. Buy it and put it on the top shelf of your bookcase, where it belongs. ... Read more

9. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
by Patanjali
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This is an early 20th century translation of and commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, one of the earliest and most important texts of Yoga. The translation and commentary are intended for general readers, so there is a minimum of technical language and apparatus.

For anyone who wants to get a feel for what the yogic philosophy is actually about, this is required reading.Johnson's exposition of the jewel-like text still speaks to modern readers.--J.B. Hare ... Read more

10. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: A Study Guide for Book I Samadhi Pada
by Baba Hari Dass
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This book is a Study Guide for the first of the fourbooks of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. It contains the originalSanskrit text with transliteration, English translation, and a word byword breakdown of the translation. There is a thorough commentary oneach sutra, which is based firmly in classical yoga, yet written withthe Western student in mind. There is an introduction and acomprehensive glossary of the Sanskrit terms used in the text. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Textbook for removing suffering
I first came across this book being used as a textbook for a class on yoga philosophy many years ago and was impressed with how I could feel better when I studied it.There is something about contact with truth that gives a sincere student this immediate gratification while also laying the foundation for long term benefit.

I am happy to say that it is still the preferred text for yoga study in both the communities I am involved with. The second book, Sadhana Pada has been recently published and the third book, Vibhuti Pada is in the final stages of edit and will be published soon.Babaji himself is still a presence of silent peace and compassion and thriving at 86 years of age.I am also pleased that all the proceeds from the sale of Babaji's books still goes to the orphanage and it continues to thrive.

I like this book's approach of making the traditional wisdom of yoga available to a western audience without sacrificing the tradition.The text follows the ancient method of teacher student relationship and gives the reader the feeling of having the aphorisims explained by a knowledgeable practitioner. It came about through years of traditional study by Babaji and his students.

The book also has an uplifting effect because of the beautiful artwork on the facing page of each sutra.It seems to call the reader to a higher and nobler interpretation of reality.These reminders of the possibility of an enlightened state of being give us the opportunity to be at peace in the moment, remember a way of life that has been lost to many, and inspire us to live out our days in union with the truth that is ever present yet potentially overlooked in modern life.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very useful guide to Classical Yoga theory and practice
It is a pleasure to recommend this remarkably lucid and accessible translation of Book One, the abstract and introduction to this famously difficult four-part work.

It is probably not accurate to describe the Sutras as a book, since they are not a collection of essays, or even complete sentences. They are rather a collection of mnemonics meant to provide meaning and order to the experience of Yoga practice under the direction of a qualified Teacher.Passed on verbally, listen and repeat, from Teacher to Student, the Sutras perhaps were never meant to stand alone as an exposition of Yoga.

This translation arises from Baba Hari Das' decades of teaching in just this manner to his many Western students and devotees.As might be expected from a man who has renounced speech and communicates primarily by writing on a small chalk board, his commentaries are concise and to the point.Yet, untranslatable Sanskrit technical terms are not avoided, but clearly explained in philosophical context.Of the several translations of this work that I have studied, Babaji's has proved the most rewarding.

For those of us who may never have the good fortune to work closely in relationship to a loving Guru in the traditional way, this book could be the next best thing.Buy it, study it, and join me in happy anticipation of the release of the remaining books in this series. ... Read more

11. The Wisdom of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras: A New Translation and Guide by Ravi Ravindra
by Ravi Ravindra
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Some of yoga’s most important writings, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras have remained relevant for 2,300 years because of their wisdom and inspiration. In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali prescribes adherence to eight "limbs" or steps to quiet the mind and achieve the sacred state of kaivalya. Spread throughout are Patanjali’s 196 aphorisms, found in each of the book's four chapters: “Samadhi Pada” (blissful state where the yogi is absorbed into the One), “Sadhana Pada” (practice or discipline), “Vibhuti Pada” (power or manifestation), and “Kaivalya Pada” (liberation). In The Wisdom of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, noted scholar and longtime practitioner Ravi Ravindra offers a fresh, direct translation of Patanjali’s text. Ravindra’s enriching, extensive commentary and his spiritual exercises make this book an integral part of daily practice.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Book That Merits Being Read Again and Again
The Wisdom of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras:A New Translation and Guide by Ravi Ravindra is yet another exposition on Patanjali's yoga sutras and one that merits not only being reread but reread more than once.I absolutely was blown away by the scholarship of Ravindra who draws on his own broad ranging spiritual knowledge, sprinkling his book with quotes from a variety of spiritual paths including Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism.

However, this is not light reading.In fact, as I was reading it I experienced familiar ache, that wish that I were reading and studying along with another so we could discuss the content.There is such a wealth of information in this book that I know most of it completely escaped my comprehension.This is why I say that this book is one that must be read and reread.

Nevertheless, there is enough accessible truth here that someone who is ready to go deeper in the philosophy of yoga can still walk away with something and someone who well-versed in yogic thought will learn something interesting as well.The content is challenging in the way that spiritual truth should be challenging, inviting the "listener" to grow into the truth rather than sit idly.

Read through once, this book is an invitation for more and read only once I can't imagine any open minded reader wouldn't be moved to change.Read more than once, no doubt the effects of what Ravindra shares would ripple endlessly, carrying the reader further and further each and every time.It is not often I come across a book with this much potency and I'll eagerly read anything else Ravi Ravindra has written.

4-0 out of 5 stars This book is very deep
This book is very interesting and the philosophy holds through the ages but unless you have some background in yoga, where I have my experience, this would be Greek.
I wouldn't recommend this for the adverage reader.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended !!
I am currently reading this book and recommended it very highly.Ravi Ravindra brings together his unique background - an academic well versed in religion as well as physics - to offer clear insights into the wisdom of Patanjali's Yoga.After long I have come across such a remarkable book that addresses the spiritual and profound aspects of Yoga in such clear terms.

5-0 out of 5 stars Here Now is a Review of Ravindra's Book on the Yoga Sutras
Having thoroughly enjoyed Ravindra's book on the Gospel of John, I was really looking forward to reading his book on the Yoga Sutras. It is wonderful!Many thanks from a Hindu who was not fortunate enough to be born in India. ... Read more

12. Inside the Yoga Sutras: A Comprehensive Sourcebook for the Study & Practice of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras
by Reverend Jaganath Carrera
Paperback: 424 Pages (2006-03-15)
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Inside the Yoga Sutras presents a clear, up-to-date perspective on the classic text of Yoga theory and practice: the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. This comprehensive sourcebook includes: commentary for each sutra, extensive cross referencing, a study gu ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Positive
The product was as advertised and mailed promptly.Would definitely consider purchasing from this person again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing commentary on the Sutras!
This book is a straight forward, easy to follow, genius commentary on the Sutras.Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to further their knowledge on the Sutras.Amazing!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars interesting insight
Some great information and things to think about - but some of the translations are stilted in an odd way.There is very little actual sanskrit but a great glossary of other terms.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not light reading
The book was kind of hard to get through initially, but the 2nd time through it was great.This is not fluff reading, or a let's-make-everybody-feel-good book.It's very informative and presents a whole new way for me to look at things.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sutra review
Very comprehensive and understandable guide to help with
Pantanjali's complex sutra....I'd recommend for anyone
struggling to better understand sutras.I am using it in
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13. The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali
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Some time around the beginning of the Common Era, a spiritual master by the name of Patanjali wrote down a collection of precepts and aphorisms that have come to be known as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. These sutras form the foundational text of Yoga, and have greatly influenced Yoga philosophy and practice. To many people, Yoga is nothing more than some form of exercise, but it is much more than that. Yoga refers to physical and mental disciplines which aim to help one cultivate body, mind, and spirit. It is divided into several major branches, one of which is Raja Yoga. Raja Yoga was first described in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and is concerned primarily with the cultivation of the mind using meditation to further one's acquaintance with the reality behind the "movie" of life in which each of us is involved.

In essence, the aphorisms of Patanjali can be regarded as a collection of instructions and principles that, when used as a guide and applied, can help you to heighten your awareness, broaden your perspective, and deepen your experience of life. The aphorisms can help you along a path where you ultimately achieve liberation from the confines of the physical life drama you keep creating for yourself. Although, the key to reaching this emancipation requires one to become a student of a master or adept who can explain and exemplify the sutras. In and of themselves, the sutras are merely words, words, words, but it is the master or adept that embodies them and brings them to life.

The sutras were originally written in Sanskrit and have been translated and interpreted by many throughout the years. Some translations and interpretations are more easily understood than others. This ebook features an interpretation of the sutras by William Quan Judge who co-founded the Theosophical Society, an organization formed in 1875 to investigate the nature of the universe and humanity's place in it. The Aphorisms of Patanjali, an interpretation by William Q. Judge, was first published in 1889 and is now in the public domain.
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14. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
by Charles Johnston
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The Yoga Sutras of Pataniali is a foundational text of Yoga. It forms part of the corpus of Sutra literature dating to India's Mauryan period. The introduction begins, "The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are in themselves exceedingly brief, less than ten pages of large type in the original. Yet they contain the essence of practical wisdom, set forth in admirable order and detail. The theme, if the present interpreter be right, is the great regeneration, the birth of the spiritual from the psychical man: the same theme which Paul so wisely and eloquently set forth in writing to his disciples in Corinth, the theme of all mystics in all lands."The first book of the Sutras Patanjali is concerned with the emergence of the spiritual man from the veils and meshes of the psychic nature. ... Read more

15. Patanjali's Ashtanga Yoga: From Theory - To Practical Realization
by Vladimir Antonov
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In ancient times, the Indian rishi Patanjali highlighted the principal stages of the ascent to spiritual heights, to the Primordial Consciousness. He distinguished eight major steps of this ascent: yama - niyama - asana - pranayama - pratyahara - dharana - dhyana - samadhi. This book describes the eight steps of Patanjali's yoga. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars short, to the point, read
A short book and and easy read.It gets right to the point and has a good overview of Pantanjali's theory.

5-0 out of 5 stars Really helpful
This book can really help you with a practical realization of well-known Patanjali's Scheme. Detailed explanation of each stage is given.
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16. Maharishi Patañjali Yoga Sutra
by Thomas Egenes
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The Yoga Sutra is the great text on Yoga, cognized in ancient India by Maharishi Patanjali. Yoga means "union," and the Yoga Sutra describes the experience of unity, the complete settling of the activity of the mind. In 195 short sutras, this text illuminates the teaching of yoga and meditation, and gives a profound understanding of life in transcendence. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Patanjali, Pure and Simple
Dr. Egenes, a Sanskrit teacher and scholar for decades, has produced a beautifully simple, clear and comprehensive translation that makes the full meaning of Pantanjali's profound text available to the English speaker. He brings the knowledge of Yoga, union, as expounded by Patanjali, to each reader. The Devanagari text, transliteration, word-by-word translation and sentence translation provide an opportunity for the scholar to follow the logic of his translation. I offer my thanks to the author for his brilliant work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Everyone should own this book
Who should own this book?

1)Everyone interested in yoga:these sutras are the source of yoga practice and knowledge of its experience.
2)Everyone with an interest in Sanskrit:this is a very clear, simple translation with the Devanagari (Sanskrit script), transliteration, word for word translation, and coherent translation provided.
3)Everyone who meditates: and particularly those who have learned the TM technique and TM-Sidhi program of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Many of these sutras were translated directly by Maharishi, and Dr. Egenes has nearly 40 years experience of studying and teaching Maharishi's knowledge.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
This is the best translation of the Yoga Sutra available. It speaks to the direct personal experience of Yoga -- Unity. Reading it inspires and clarifies one's experience in the practice of Yoga and Meditation. I have found reading this volume to be an effective Yoga technique in and of itself. Highly recommended. ... Read more

17. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: The Book of Spiritual Man
by Charles Johnston
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18. Meditation, Mind & Patanjali's Yoga: A Practical Guide to Spiritual Growth for Everyone
by Swami Bhaskarananda
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A comprehensive yet utterly engaging book on meditation, Yoga and other spiritual practices, with special reference to Patanjali. The book discusses in depth finding a genuine spiritual teacher, meditation techniques, Japa, over-coming spiritual obstacles, Yoga, Samkhya philosophy, stages of spiritual growth, levels of illumination, and how to remove stress. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Masterfully written! Swami Bhaskarananda does it again!
In Meditation, Mind and Patanjali's Yoga Swami Bhaskarananda was able to draw out the essence of Patanjali's teachings and present them with clarity and wisdom. I recommend this book to any Yoga teacher, student, or meditater looking for a deeper understanding of Yoga. The chapters on meditation are exquisite. Swami Bhaskarananda gives clear instructions on the basics of meditation, while guiding the reader through the possible pitfalls and benefits of the practice. Swami Bhaskarananda teaches with humor and wisdom, making these ancient practices accessible to all who pick up the book. Buy two, they make great gifts!

5-0 out of 5 stars Instant classic
The phrase "Instant classic" might sound like an oxymoron but for someone like me who could instantly reap the benefit of clear conceptual exposition (by the author), the usage of the phrase in admiration of the work (namely the book), is quite apt. The language, style and diction used in this book make it very easy to assimilate the essence of the "Yoga Sutras of Patanjali". The author's analysis of the "Mind" and the term/process called "Meditation" is very clearly done and rationally presented to the reader.

Besides the discussion on the 8 limbs of the Patanjali Yoga the author has chapters dedicated to discussing teacher-student relationship; hazards & obstacles to meditation; the basics of Sankhya school (from which the Yoga School of thought developed); Japa (or Chanting of the holy name) - its methods, means, obstacles, etc, amongst other topics. For those of us who want to know what happens to the mind after Samadhi, there is an exclusive chapter discussing this otherwise difficult concept, with great simplicity.Even while discussing the various limbs of the Yoga, the author warns us of the known risks and potential pitfalls for the spritual aspirants (especially while discussing Pranayama).

Simplicity is the hallmark of this presentation. I could never in many readings detect any attempt to mystify what is perhaps the most "royal" path to mental peace and poise. This is one of my personal favorites, when it comes to the topic of mind, meditation or the Yoga sutras, along with Swami Vivekananda's Raja Yoga Lectures and Swami Adiswarananda's "Meditation & Its Practices: A Definitive Guide To Techniques And Traditions Of Meditation In Yoga And Vedanta".

This book does provide the 5-star treatment (clarity, conciseness, organization, advance of theory & application, completeness - 1 star apiece) to the subject and hence deserves the 5 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars Vedantic Meditation
This is the best introduction to Vedantic Meditation I have read. It is both comprehensive and concise. Highly recommended

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Book on Meditation
Meditation, Mind & Patanjali's Yoga; A Practical Guide to Spiritual Growth for Everyone is a clearly written guide to the subject of meditation. The book is comprehensive and well organized and covers all facets of the subject matter.
I found the book to be an easy and pleasant read that was interesting from the first page all the way to the last. Swami Bhaskarananda writes in a style that is clear and easy to understand. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject of Meditation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Immensely Practical Book
This book is immensely practical.Spiritual aspirants, longing for guidance, shall find this book "Meditation, Mind and Patanjali's Yoga" a masterpiece as it illustrates the steps to follow for spiritual growth. Each chapter is very well explained.The book contains examples which are understood intellectually and can be practiced.

Rev. Swami Bhaskarananda, like any great teacher, has offered his recommendations for aspirants by placing himself in their shoes and answered questions which can occur to their minds. A must-read for any spiritual aspirant.

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19. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: The Essential Yoga Texts for Spiritual Enlightenment (Sacred Wisdom)
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Composed by the famous Indian sage sometime between the first and third centuries CE, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali sets forth the practical and philosophical foundations of Raja Yoga. These aphorisms clearly mark out the path to Self-Realization, and their influence has been profound throughout the millennia. They are still regularly used today by those interested in the Yogic approach to self-knowledge and are open to anyone of any religion. The Sutras are presented here in a free form translation, with an insightful running commentary that makes them easily understandable to the modern reader and yoga practitioner.
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3-0 out of 5 stars Reprint of Raja Yoga
This book is an English import of the book Raja Yoga by Swami Vivekananda. They just re-titled the book.

You can buy that title from Amazon for less than the English edition, and at the same time by your purchase give support to the Vedanta movement that Swami Vivekananda started.

3-0 out of 5 stars The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: The Essential Yoga Texts for Spiritual Enlighment (Sacred wisdom)
The content is great.I was hoping for a bit of a more modern version/translation.I was also hoping to see the Sutras in Sanskrit as well as an English translation.That is not the case with this book.They are only given in English.Not a bad price for the book but I will eventually buy another book that has exactly what I was looking for.:(

5-0 out of 5 stars A great Master's commentaries on Yoga scripture
Patanjali's yoga sutras are a basic study of yoga science. They are simple and straight forward and carry depths of knowledge at the same time.Swami Vivekananda's commentaries on the sutras are majestic.They are alive and ever present.I can't believe that Swamisji wrote it so long ago.In one word, his commentaries are 'magnificent'!I highly recommend this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite interpretation of the sutras.
This interpretation of the sutras is one that touches me deeply.I can't imagine ever being done with this book.I get new insights from it every time I pick it one.It is a nice size to carry around, but it generally stays on my night stand.It would make a nice gift for any yogi. ... Read more

20. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali; The Book of the Spiritual Man
by Patañjali
Paperback: 58 Pages (2010-03-06)
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The book has no illustrations or index. Purchasers are entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from more than a million books without charge. Subjects: Yoga; ... Read more

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