The Yoga Sutras of Pataanjaliby Pataanjali, James Haughton Woods
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/i>
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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The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali thoroughly translate the ancient Sanskrit language of the traditions of yoga and meditation into something everyone can relate and connect to. For me, this book was read for ethnography, which is the scientific description of the customs of individual peoples and cultures. While reading the philosophical topics of the sutras, they were a glimpse into the past while remaining relevant to today. Patanjali states, “The sense of true life comes only with the coming of the soul, and the soul comes only in silence” (Patanjali 13). He explains that the true meaning of life is not through material possession, but rather the connection of the soul, the mind and the body. To gain a strong connection among the body, soul, and the mind Patanjali believes this is obtained through meditation. “The active turnings, the strident vibrations, of selfishness, lust and hate are to be stilled by meditation, by letting the heart and the mind dwell in spiritual life, by lifting up the heart to the strong silent life above, which rests in stillness” (Pantajali 42). The Sutras describe the essentials of why and how to attain stillness for a deep sense of well being. This masterpiece was deeply spiritual and powerful and a must read for everyone, I highly suggest this read!