The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali [NOOK Book]

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One of yoga's most important and influential works, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali forms a keystone of Indian philosophical and religious thought. Written by a sage in the second century B.C., the sutras have been translated many times. This interpretation by Professor James Haughton Woods, originally published under the aegis of the highly esteemed Harvard Oriental Series, ranks among the most acclaimed translations. Patanjali's path is that of Raja Yoga, the royal yoga, or the yoga of the eight steps: restraint, ...
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Overview

One of yoga's most important and influential works, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali forms a keystone of Indian philosophical and religious thought. Written by a sage in the second century B.C., the sutras have been translated many times. This interpretation by Professor James Haughton Woods, originally published under the aegis of the highly esteemed Harvard Oriental Series, ranks among the most acclaimed translations. Patanjali's path is that of Raja Yoga, the royal yoga, or the yoga of the eight steps: restraint, observances, posture, breath control, sublimation (or withdrawal from the senses), attention, concentration, and meditation. The complete sutras appear here, encompassing a four-part analytical study intended to purify the practitioner's mind, body, and soul. Additional features include a commentary by Veda-Vyasa and explanations by Vachaspati-Micra that are crucial to developing an understanding of Patanjali's intent, along with invaluable background information provided by the translator's introduction and appendixes. This outstanding English edition of a profound work of spiritual enlightenment is essential reading for all scholars and practitioners of yoga.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781105499241
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • Publication date: 1/10/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 149,001
  • File size: 275 KB

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Author of the classic The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
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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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