- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Posted May 7, 2014
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.
Posted February 20, 2014
I have found this book very helpful, it has an innate* wisdom that is beyond words, just have to read it
[ih-neyt, in-eyt] Show IPA
1.existing in one from birth; inborn; native: innate musical talent.