Demystifying Patanjali: The Yoga Sutras: The Wisdom of Paramhansa Yogananda as Presented by his Direct Disciple, Swami Kriyananda

Demystifying Patanjali: The Yoga Sutras: The Wisdom of Paramhansa Yogananda as Presented by his Direct Disciple, Swami Kriyananda

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by Paramhansa Yogananda, Kriyananda
     
 

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What happens as we grow spiritually? Is there a step-by-step process that everyone goes through—all spiritual seekers, including those of any or no religious persuasion—as they gradually work their way upward, until they achieve the highest state of Self-realization?

About 2200 years ago, a great spiritual master of India named Patanjali described this

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What happens as we grow spiritually? Is there a step-by-step process that everyone goes through—all spiritual seekers, including those of any or no religious persuasion—as they gradually work their way upward, until they achieve the highest state of Self-realization?

About 2200 years ago, a great spiritual master of India named Patanjali described this process, and presented humanity with a clear-cut, step-by-step outline of how all truth seekers and saints achieve divine union. He called this universal inner experience and process “yoga” or “union.” His collection of profound aphorisms—a true world scripture—has been dubbed Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.

Unfortunately, since that time many scholarly translators with little or no spiritual realization have written commentaries on Patanjali’s writings that have succeeded only in burying his pithy insights in convoluted phrases like “becomes assimilated with transformations” and “the object alone shines without deliberation.” How can any reader understand Patanjali’s original meaning when he or she has to wade through such bewildering terminology?

Thankfully, a great modern yoga master—Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the classic Autobiography of a Yogi—has cut through the scholarly debris and resurrected Patanjali’s original teachings and revelations. Now, in Demystifying Patanjali, Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Yogananda, shares his guru’s crystal clear and easy-to-grasp explanations of Patanjali’s aphorisms.

As Kriyananda writes in his introduction, “My Guru personally shared with me some of his most important insights into these sutras. During the three and a half years I lived with him, he also went with me at great length into the basic teachings of yoga.

“I was able, moreover, to ask my Guru personally about many of the subjects covered by Patanjali. His explanations have lingered with me, and have been a priceless help in the [writing of this book].”

Editorial Reviews

January 2013 - Dennis M. Harness
After reading many translations of the Yoga Sutras over the years, I found Swami Kriyananda's commentaries and writings so lucid and practical in their application to everyday life. It is a blessing to have Patanjali's teaching accessible to everyone seeking the divine within.
January 2013 - Christopher Key Chapple
Swami Kriyananda has provided an immensely readable translation of and commentary on Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. This central text outlines all the basics required for a balanced Yoga practice. It effortlessly describes and explains the various states of meditation. Patanjali outlines the foundational ethics of Yoga, including abstention from impure, distracting, and deflating actions. By rising up into the state of spirituality, one can overcome the myriad troubles of life. Swami Kriyananda adds yet another jewel to the treasure trove of Yoga Sutra interpretations.
January 2013 - Philip Goldberg
The Yoga Sutras has generated almost as many translations and commentaries as there are sutras in Patanjali’s masterpiece. Inevitably, the takeaway for readers is different in each instance because the nuances of interpretation lead the student in radically different directions. Many versions were written by the gurus who brought the ancient tradition to the West, but one important voice, Yogananda’s, was missing. We will never have a Yogananda translation, but now we have the next best thing: a direct disciple’s interpretation of the master’s perspective. Because Yogananda’s role in bringing Yoga to the West is unsurpassed, Demystifying Patanjali is a welcome and illuminating contribution to the ongoing transmission.
January 2013 - Subhash Kak
I enjoyed reading Demystifying Patanjali, which is a view of the Yoga Sutras from the perspective of Paramhansa Yogananda. Its personal anecdotes and other stories add to the narrative.
Asha Praver
The words of a great master, whether written by his own hand or recorded by others, are a vehicle primarily for the transference of his consciousness. By studying his thoughts we receive not only his meaning, but also his vibrations. The vibrations of Patanjali, until now, have been largely obscured by clumsy translations, or often even more obscure "interpretations." The power of this volume is not only clear, simple meaning, but also a clarity of vibration. This is a Patanjali we never knew was there: kind, practical, incisive, yes, but also generous and sympathetic to those who seek to embrace the vision of infinity he has attained.
New York Journal of Books, June 2013 - Birgit W. Patty
Demystifying Patanjali is particularly recommended for readers who are already familiar with 1) yogic philosophy, 2) Yogananda’s teaching, or 3) Swami Kriyananda’s numerous published works.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565892736
Publisher:
Crystal Clarity Publishers
Publication date:
06/01/2013
Pages:
196
Sales rank:
249,599
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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Paramhansa Yogananda was a great yoga master and world teacher of the twentieth century. His spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi, has inspired millions worldwide.

Previous ISBN's: Autobiography of a Yogi (9781565892125); The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita (9781565892262); The Essence of Self-Realization (9781565892392)

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Demystifying Patanjali: The Yoga Sutras: The Wisdom of Paramhansa Yogananda as Presented by His Direct Disciple, Swami Kriyananda 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wrote the bit below for our bookstore's magazine, but I'll add a few more personal comments as well. This was the last scriptural commentary Swamiji wrote before his passing, and it's a nice feeling of completeness to get Patanjali covered in that collection finally. Very different feel to this book compared to, say, The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita. By this point, Swami seems to have been writing in a much more informal flow, almost like he's just talking to you about it all in his living room. And so that's sort of sweet, though the insights are still as spiritually deep and valid as in any of his other books. I don't relate to Patanjali as much as to the other masters and scriptures that are more directly related to our path (speaking as a Yogananda devotee), and so I don't have this on quite the same pedestal as some of Swami's other books. But if you want to know what Patanjali was all about, this is the thing to read.  - - - magazine review - - -  For the past 2,200 years, Patanjali’s yoga sutras have provided humanity with a non-sectarian roadmap to the entire spiritual path. However, few are able to grasp the subtleties of these teachings, and the many translations and commentaries over the years have more often confused than clarified them. It was the great yoga master Paramhansa Yogananda who brought the ancient teachings into the modern age through direct revelation. Now, direct disciple Swami Kriyananda shares his guru’s insights with his trademark clarity, compassion, and humor, in a guide for seekers of all paths.
RiverCave More than 1 year ago
I have found this book very helpful, it has an innate* wisdom that is beyond words, just have to read it *in·nate [ih-neyt, in-eyt] Show IPA adjective 1.existing in one from birth; inborn; native: innate musical talent.