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The Yoga Sutra does not propose to offer new knowledge but rather a new perspective on the nature of knowing. As a method of achieving insight, the discipline of yoga is far from mystical ecstasy or ritual trance. Its goal is a contemplative intensity that can unbind the constraints of everyday experience, and that goal helps explain Americans' growing interest in yoga in recent years.
This interest has been most widely expressed in the physical dimension of yoga—the postures known as hatha-yoga—but attention is increasingly being directed at the philosophy and psychology that define the discipline. Here the Yoga Sutra shines most brightly; in a world of bewildering complexity and seductive material culture, this centuries-old text offers powerful techniques for countering private mental chaos and moral confusion. The Yoga Sutra has great relevance today, and thanks to Barbara Stoler Miller it is now truly accessible.
|Pt. 1||Cessation of Thought and Contemplative Calm||29|
|Pt. 2||The Practice of Yoga||44|
|Pt. 3||Perfect Discipline and Extraordinary Powers||60|
|Pt. 4||Absolute Freedom||74|
|A Note on Transliteration||87|
|Keywords in the Yoga Sutra||89|
Posted March 27, 2012
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