The Yoga Sutras Of Patanjali

The Yoga Sutras Of Patanjali

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by Alistair Shearer
     
 

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“A wonderful translation, full of contemporary insight yet luminous with eternal truth.”—Jacob Needleman

The Yoga Sutras were cast in their present form in India around the third century b.c. Yoga is from the Sanskrit root meaning “union,” and a sutra is a thread or aphoristic verse. The basic questions “Who am I?”

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“A wonderful translation, full of contemporary insight yet luminous with eternal truth.”—Jacob Needleman

The Yoga Sutras were cast in their present form in India around the third century b.c. Yoga is from the Sanskrit root meaning “union,” and a sutra is a thread or aphoristic verse. The basic questions “Who am I?” “Where am I going?” “What is the purpose of life?” are asked by each new generation, and Patanjali’s answers form one of the oldest and most vibrant spiritual texts in the world. He explains what yoga is, how it works, and exactly how to purify the mind and let it settle into absolute stillness. This stillness is our own Self. It is the indispensable ground for Enlightenment, which is the ultimate goal of all our aspirations.

Alistair Shearer’s lucid introduction and superb translation, fully preserving Patanjali’s jewel-like style, bring these ancient but vital teachings to those who seek the path of self-knowledge today.

Bell Tower’s series, Sacred Teachings, offers essential spiritual classics from all traditions. May each book become a trusted companion on the way of truth, encouraging readers to study the wisdom of the ages and put it into practice each day.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The third installment in Bell Tower's attractively packaged Sacred Teachings series, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali offers a modern translation of a 2,300-year-old Indian meditation text. Translator Alistair Shearer gives a somewhat ethereal introduction ("Yoga is the transformation into the Divine, and of the Divine into everything") that is too long-winded at 80-odd pages. Still, the sutras are beautifully rendered. ( Jan. 8) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780609609590
Publisher:
Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Series:
Sacred Teachings Series
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
129,926
Product dimensions:
4.80(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.74(d)

Meet the Author

ALISTAIR SHEARER did postgraduate work in Sanskrit at the University of Lancaster, after studying literature at Cambridge. He has practiced and taught meditation for many years. He currently divides his time between lecturing and writing on the sacred art of Hinduism and Buddhism, teaching meditation courses, and leading cultural tours to the Indian subcontinent each winter. His latest publications include The Spirit of Asia and Buddha: The Intelligent Heart.

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Yoga Sutras Of Patanjali 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
LisaML More than 1 year ago
Wonderful translation and commentary on a classic yoga text.
AdavarreRahndi More than 1 year ago
I am a great yoga enthusiast and teacher. I wanted to deepen my practice with a better understanding of the historic and philosophic elements behind my asana (posture) practice and that must include The Sutras. I find this book to be an accessible guide to understanding and it is a treasured part of my yoga library.
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