The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: A Study Guide for Book I Samadhi Pada
This book is a Study Guide for the first of the four books of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. It contains the original Sanskrit text with transliteration, English translation, and a word by word breakdown of the translation. There is a thorough commentary on each sutra, which is based firmly in classical yoga, yet written with the Western student in mind. There is an introduction and a comprehensive glossary of the Sanskrit terms used in the text.
A very useful guide to Classical Yoga theory and practice
By Walter Trant - November 30, 2000
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... read more
Textbook for removing suffering
By Richard Buzzini "Mahesa" - June 15, 2009
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... read more
Most Amazing book
By A. Hanumanth - December 30, 2010
One should be really blessed to read this book. The completely unreveals the purpose of life. A must read for all seekers. -Ashok
This valuable book provides a complete manual for the study and practice of Raja Yoga, the path of concentration and meditation. This new deluxe printing of these timeless teachings is a treasure to ...
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 ...
The basic questions of Who Am I? Where Am I Going? What Is the Purpose of Life? are asked by every generation, and Patanjali's answers (given in the third century BC) form one of the oldest spiritual ...
Designed expressly for the serious practitioner of yoga, this is an outstanding work of scholarship that is eminently practical, even to those students who have no previous familiarity with the Yoga ...