The Yoga Sutras of Pataanjali

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Among the most important and influential works in the history of yoga is the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali, the second century b.c. sage. Long considered a cornerstone of Indian philosophical and religious thought, the Sutras have been translated many times. Among the most respected is this one by Harvard professor and scholar James Haughton Woods, for the highly esteemed Harvard Oriental Series. Included are the complete Sutras along with the comment section by Veda-Vyasa and the Explanation section by ...
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Among the most important and influential works in the history of yoga is the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali, the second century b.c. sage. Long considered a cornerstone of Indian philosophical and religious thought, the Sutras have been translated many times. Among the most respected is this one by Harvard professor and scholar James Haughton Woods, for the highly esteemed Harvard Oriental Series. Included are the complete Sutras along with the comment section by Veda-Vyasa and the Explanation section by Vachaspati-Miçra--all essential to an understanding of Patañjali's intent. Woods' introduction and appendixes provide invaluable background information. A profound work of spiritual enlightenment with universal appeal, the Yoga Sutras in this outstanding English edition will be particularly welcomed by the many thousands of Western students and practitioners of yoga and meditation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486432007
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 7/31/2003
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 481,800
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1. Reasons for taking up the work ix
2. Difficulties of comprehending the work ix
3. Difficulties of style ix
4. Translation of technical terms x
5. Punctuation x
6. Texts and manuscripts xi
7. Acknowledgements xi
Introduction
1. Authorship of the Yoga-sutras: The two Patanjalis xiii
2. Tradition of their identity not earlier than tenth century xiii
3. Comparison of philosophical concepts does not confirm the tradition xv
4. Date of the Sutras (between A. D. 300 and 500) xvii
5. Date of the Bhasya (between A. D. 650 and 850) xx
6. Date of Vacaspatimicra's Tattva-vaicaradi (about A. D. 800 to 850) xxi
Analytical Summary of the Yoga-sutras
1. Book 1, Concentration (samadhi) xxiv
2. Book 2, Means of attainment (sadhana) xxv
3. Book 3, Supernormal powers (vibhuti) xxvii
4. Book 4, Isolation (kaivalya) xxviii
The Yoga-sutras translated without the Comment or the Explanation
Being the Sutras translated in groups, with group-headings by translator xxx
Translation of Patanjali's Yoga-sutras or Mnemonic Rules: Together with the Comment or Yoga-bhasya, attributed to Veda-vyasa And Vacaspatimicra's Explanation or Tattva-vaicaradi
1. Book 1, Concentration (samadhi) 1
2. Book 2, Means of attainment (sadhana) 101
3. Book 3, Supernormal powers (vibhuti) 201
4. Book 4, Isolation (kaivalya) 297
Appendixes
1. Bibliography of works referred to in this volume 351
2. Index of quotations in the Comment, in the order of citation 359
3. Index of the same grouped according to their sources 361
4. Index of quotations in the Tattva-vaicaradi, in the order of citation 362
5. Index of the same grouped according to their sources 364
6. Quotations not yet traced to their sources 365
7. Index of words in the Yoga-sutras 366
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